Genndy Tartakovsky (Геннадий Тартаковский) is a Russian-American animation director and producer. He is one of the greatest minds behind Creator/CartoonNetwork.

Born in 1970 in the USSR to Jewish parents, Tartakovsky moved abroad with his family, afraid of anti-semitism. First they went to Italy, where he picked up art from their German neighbours' daughter. Then they moved to the USA, where he eventually got into California School of Arts (because he was too late to apply for a business school). There he embraced his future career as an animator and made his first two shorts, one of which eventually became ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. While schooling, he formed a strong friendship with Creator/CraigMcCracken and Rob Renzetti (''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''), which often shows in their cooperation between series.

After working on ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' for Cartoon Network, he has moved on to Sony Pictures Animation, in which he directed ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''. After the success of ''Hotel Transylvania'', he is now directing an All-CGI Cartoon ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' feature film for Sony.

!!His notable works include:
* Storyboarding on ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs''
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cartoonstitute}} Maruined]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''
* Storyboarding the action sequences on ''Film/IronMan2''
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''

!!Tropes applicable to him and his works include:
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: His signature style for most of his action cartoons, with ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' being the crowning example, having a few episodes where ''[[NoDialogueEpisode no]]'' [[NoDialogueEpisode characters talked at all throughout it.]]
* {{Animesque}}: Most of Tartakovsky's cartoons follow this, mainly because he was inspired by Japanese animation.
* ArtEvolution: He used to be so horrible at art he couldn't draw a circle.
* AsideGlance: Many of his characters' silent reactions to something odd or stupid taking place often involve this, either directly to the audience or another character.
* CerebusSyndrome: Compare the comedic ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' to the more serious ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' or ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Tartakovsky is either in love with this or owes it money. ''Sym-Bionic Titan'''s Radar entry is pretty much its recap.
* DevelopmentHell: TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is in here, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dk42LkKXRw interest is needed at hand]].
* LockAndLoadMontage: Tartakovsky's apparently a big fan of these; they can be found quite frequently in all of his cartoons.
* MsFanservice: If there's a young woman in one of his cartoons, expect her to almost always be a FetishFuelStationAttendant.
* RuleOfCool: Even in his non-serious related works such as ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', he'll often have some form of action scenes in some episodes that either involve or invoke ancient Japanese customs or warriors such as Ninjas or Samurais [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers or]] {{Giant Mecha}}s. [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot Sometimes all at once.]]
* SeriousBusiness: The writers for "ThePowerPuffGirls" learned the hard way that he does ''not'' tolerate story meetings being used for idle chit chat about anything non-story related, such as discussing video games.
* SilenceIsGolden: Most notably in ''Samurai Jack''. Not as much, but still prominent in ''Star Wars: Clone Wars'' and ''Sym-Bionic Titan''. Happened occasionally in ''Dexter's Laboratory''.
* ThickLineAnimation: Consciously averted with ''Samurai Jack'' (it has the look, just not the ''lines''), but his previous and subsequent works have this style.
* WidgetSeries: But as ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' proved, this [[TropesAreNotBad has never looked so cool]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Tartakovsky had two chances to get into directing films, none of which came to be. First being a sequel to ''TheDarkCrystal'', which ended up in development hell. Second being a film of ''Manga/AstroBoy'', which later ended up being finished in another studio unrelated to him, and did so poorly that it closed them down.
** Sadly, it seems that the Popeye feature he was working on at Sony has been [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/sony-killed-genndy-tartakovskys-popeye-110356.html canned]]