Genndy Tartakovsky (Геннадий Тартаковский) is a Russian-American animation director, producer, and one of the greatest minds to ever come out of classic 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 UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, where he picked up art from their German neighbours' daughter. Upon his arrival in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, he got his first exposure to American cartoons and developed a deep love of ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}, WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, and HumongousMecha anime.

Genndy would attend 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.

Following ''Dexter'' was ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack,'' a hugely ambitious series with a unique, cinematic style, equal parts ''Franchise/StarWars,'' ([[HilariousInHindsight he made a Star Wars cartoon two years later]]) anime, and Creator/AkiraKurosawa. It's widely considered to be his greatest accomplishment, as well as one of the best cartoons ever produced for Cartoon Network.

After four years of ''Jack,'' Tartakovsky started putting together his own independent studio, The Orphanage. The timing could not have been worse, as the studio's formation coinciding with both the economic crash in 2008 and the downfall of traditional animation in America. In the end, the studio produced a handful of commercials and a single season of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' for Cartoon Network.

After ''...Titan'', he moved on to Sony Pictures Animation, where he directed ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' (admittedly because [[MoneyDearBoy he needed work]]) which was a financial success. After directing its sequel, he was pegged to do an All-CGI Cartoon ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' feature, returning to his roots, until [[DevelopmentHell the project got shelved]]. An original project of his, titled ''Can You Imagine?'', is currently set to follow the third ''Transylvania'' movie.

In 2016, Genndy ''finally'' got the chance to give ''Samurai Jack'' a proper conclusion when Creator/AdultSwim's Creator/{{Toonami}} block agreed to produce a mini-series, with him back in the director's chair, which would wrap up the story for good. The same year, he created ''Cage'', 4-issue Creator/MarvelComics miniseries starring [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]], which throws-back to the character's blaxploitation roots.

!! His notable works include:

* Animator on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
* 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'' and its two sequels.
* Animation direction on the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' pilot.
* ''Can You Imagine?'' [In Development]

!! Tropes applicable to him and his works include:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Most of his action cartoons are very light on dialogue, to the point that ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had several episodes with [[NoDialogueEpisode none at all]]. Creator/PhilLaMarr famously joked that playing Jack was "the easiest job ever."
* {{Animesque}}: Most of Tartakovsky's cartoons follow this, mainly because he was inspired by Japanese animation.
* ArtEvolution: He admits that he has never been a particularly good draftsman, and that he couldn't even draw a circle when he first learned. He would make up for this with his timing and technical abilities. However, 20+ years in the industry have clearly helped as his drawing and design style solidified, allowing him to do much bolder art.
* 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.
* AuthorAppeal: [[HumongousMecha Giant robots]], [[SilenceIsGolden minimal dialogue]], [[{{Animesque}} anime influences]], and [[HartmanHips curvy women]].
* CerebusSyndrome: Compare the comedic ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' to the more serious ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' or ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan.''
** LighterAndSofter: And his first project after ''Titan'' was his broadly comic feature-debut, ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania.''
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Tartakovsky is either in love with this or owes it money. ''Sym-Bionic Titan'''s Radar entry is pretty much its recap.
* HappilyMarried: He's shown to be very close with his wife Dawn, to the point that he made an animated short about their relationship to play at their wedding.
* HartmanHips: As both the trope namer and the actual artist responsible (Butch Hartman and Steven Silver, respectively) used to work for him, it's no surprise that his cartoons are [[http://forgottenanimation.tumblr.com/post/159426013747/atomictikisnaughtybits-ck-blogs-stuff full of some very shapely women]], bordering on AuthorAppeal.
* LockAndLoadMontage: apparently a big fan of these; they can be found quite frequently in all of his cartoons.
* MsFanservice: Even when they aren't overtly sexual characters, Tartakovsky's cartoons are full of some ''very'' attractive women.
* RuleOfCool: Even in his non-serious related works such as ''Dexter's Laboratory,'' 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]] {{Humongous Mecha}}s. [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot Sometimes all at once.]]
* SeriousBusiness: The writers for ''WesternAnimation/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.'' He experiments with this a bit in ''Dexter's Laboratory.''
* SlidingScaleOfSeriousnessVersusSilliness: Goes both ways. Tartakovsky's work is either broadly comedic with some intense action scenes or dramatic action with a lot of comic relief. In general, he seems to prefer an equal balance of both.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The technician to Creator/CraigMcCracken's performer: Craig was a stronger draftsman while Genndy handled timing.
* ThickLineAnimation: Played straight with most of his work, but consciously subverted with ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': it has the look, just not the ''lines''.
* WidgetSeries: But as ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' proved, this [[TropesAreTools has never looked so cool.]]