Genndy Tartakovsky (born Gennady Borisovich Tartakovsky, Геннадий Борисович Тартаковский, January 17, 1970) is a Russian-American animation director, producer, and one of the greatest minds to ever come out of classic Creator/CartoonNetwork.

Born in the USSR to Jewish parents, Tartakovsky moved abroad with his family, afraid of anti-semitism, when he was seven years old. 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 his work on [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerPuffGirls another]] dialogue-heavy show with ThickLineAnimation was one that had neither: ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack,'' a hugely ambitious series with a unique, cinematic style, equal parts Creator/AkiraKurosawa, SpaghettiWestern and anime, widely considered to be both his and Cartoon Network's greatest accomplishments. Plans to end the series with a theatrical feature were put on hold when ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'' [[BoxOfficeBomb flopped]] and he would spend the next decade pitching it to various studios in between other projects.

After creating the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' mini series, Tartakovsky left Cartoon Network to start 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 which, while well-received, was dismissed by Cartoon Network when the creators refused to sign a toy deal and was CutShort when everyone involved became too involved in other projects to want to make more episodes.

Genndy made his feature directorial debut in 2012 at Creator/SonyPicturesAnimation with ''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, and an original project called ''Can You Imagine?'' until [[DevelopmentHell both got shelved]], instead being put on the third ''Transylvania'' movie.

In 2016, Genndy ''[[SavedFromDevelopmentHell 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.

He has been HappilyMarried to Dawn David since 2000, around the time his notoriety as an animator really took off (he spend part of their honeymoon storyboarding the pilot for ''Samurai Jack''). They currently have two sons.

!! His notable works include:

* Animator on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
* Storyboarding on ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs''
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' (provided a guest voice for the Samurai Jack parody called "Samurai Quack)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cartoonstitute}} Maruined]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''
* Storyboarding the action sequences on ''Film/IronMan2''
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' and its [[WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania2 two]] [[WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania3SummerVacation sequels]].
* Animation direction on the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' pilot.

!! 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]]. ''Samurai Jack'' also allowed him to indulge in his love of world music.
* 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.''
* CreatorBacklash: Subverted. While he speaks fondly of working for Creator/SonyPicturesAnimation, he's also vocal about the [[StrictlyFormula homogeneity]] of CGI, as well as Creator/ColumbiaPictures' aversion to his pitches for low-budget projects simply because they [[MoneyDearBoy wouldn't profit as much as big-budget ones]].
* DevelopmentHell
** TheMovie of ''Samurai Jack'', resulting in the eventual ten-episode revival.
** And now the ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' movie.
** A long-gestating original film at Sony entitled ''Can You Imagine?'' has recently been shelved.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Like most show runners from UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation, Tartakovsky is either in love with this or owes it money. ''Sym-Bionic Titan'''s Radar entry is pretty much its recap.
** He tried to ''bypass'' the censors entirely with the deliberately profane ''Dexter's Laboratory'' episode "Rude Removal." Contrary to popular belief, this ''was'' intended to air, but [[TheWorldIsNotReady the world was not ready]] for a family show to [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS2E18SailorMouthArtistUnknown depict swearing, censored or otherwise]].
** ''Samurai Jack'' managed to get away with excessive violence by making [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman all of Jack's victims monsters or robots]] before Creator/AdultSwim allowed him to kill other humans.
* 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 (Creator/ButchHartman and Creator/StevenSilver, 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]].
* HeAlsoDid
** Animated on the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Night Of The Ninja" at the show's studio in UsefulNotes/{{Spain}}. He completed one scene before returning to America to care for his dying mother.
** One of his first animation jobs was animating ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' for Creator/StarToons, but only completed two sequences before leaving.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/CraigMcCracken, at least for a time. While the two helped one another with their respective student films and later get hired at Creator/HannaBarbera, continuing to work on one another's shows throughout TheNineties, the two have yet to work together again after Genndy left ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* 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.
* PromotedFanboy
** A lifelong ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan, he was eventually invited by Creator/GeorgeLucas to create the first ''Clone Wars'' mini series.
** ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian'' is one of his favorite movies, and was later given the privilege to work with [[Creator/{{Mako}} Mako Iwamatsu]] on his first [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory two]] [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack shows]]. And if that weren't enough, Mako later ''narrated Genndy's life story'' in the documentary featurette "Gendy's Scrapbook." You don't get a much higher promotion than that.
** Subverted with his tenure at Creator/HannaBarbera. While he was a fan of theirs in his youth and continues to borrow from their aesthetic in his later work, he finds their shows too corny for him to enjoy as an adult the same way he did as a child.
* 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.]]
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell
** While the ''Samurai Jack'' movie may never come to be, the Creator/AdultSwim mini-series serves as the proper conclusion that the original series' run never got.
** ''ComicBook/{{Cage 2016}}'' was on the back-burner for almost a decade due to Genndy being busy with other projects.
* 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.''
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: His works are quite heavily on the idealistic end of the scale.
* 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''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Tartakovsky has been involved with multiple projects which either never came to fruition or were canceled just as production got started.
** He was offered two big directing jobs before ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''. The First was a sequel to ''Film/TheDarkCrystal,'' which ended up in DevelopmentHell. Then there was the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Manga/AstroBoy'', which was eventually produced by Imagi and bombed so hard that it closed them down.
** The AllCGICartoon ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' made it all the way up to a publicly-released animation demo before getting shelved when management shifted. This one is especially tragic, as Genndy's animation instructor was a former [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Bros.]] animator, and the film was seen as his way of returning to his roots, although the serendipity was it let him do the ''Samurai Jack'' revival.
** Before his studio fell apart, they were developing a movie about vikings (before ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' no less). They were even invited to create a silent film about dinosaurs, which eventually became ''WesternAnimation/WalkingWithDinosaurs,'' as Creator/IlluminationEntertainment's first feature.
** He pitched several ideas for low-budget features to Creator/ColumbiaPictures in the hopes that he'd have a better chance of [[AuteurLicense being entrusted]] with eight figures rather than nine for personal ideas. The studio, however, told him that even if a low-budget film made a profit, it wouldn't [[MoneyDearBoy make as much]] as a big-budget film.
* WidgetSeries: But as ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' proved, this [[TropesAreTools has never looked so cool.]]
* TheWorkaholic: Downplayed. While he eventually did have a family which he makes time for, he makes no secret that he's first and foremost married to his career. He admits that he never saw a completed episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' until it was on the air, simply because he was too busy making the next episodes, and had next to no social life when it was running. He had to set time aside during his honeymoon to storyboard the pilot for ''Jack'' and later spent his date night with his wife doing a Q&A livestream.