[[caption-width-right:202:Meet Jon [=McClenahan=].]]

->''"Jon [=McClenahan=] is one of the greatest animators alive today. You've just never heard of him because today's American animator is about as employable as a typewriter ribbon salesman. Which is a shame, really."''
-->--'''[[Website/PlatypusComix Peter Paltridge]]''' on Jon [=McClenahan=]

Jon [=McClenahan=] is an American animator, hailing from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, Illinois.

Jon's career in animation began in 1980, when after four years as a meat-truck driver, he was told of a job opening at Creator/HannaBarbera's Australian offices. He and his family left for Sydney promptly to work at the studio. He started as an inbetweener, eventually climbing the ladder to direct the animation for animated adaptations for ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenWolf''.

His employment at HB Southern Star Studios (as it was called) ended in August 1987, when the studio was consolidated and sold off. After some time at Cioni Artworks, Jon started [=StarToons=], his studio, located in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. During this time, he did some of his best known works, including ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' (some Creator/KennedyCartoons animated episodes, and some of his own), ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'', and, ultimately, ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', for which he did most of the Slappy Squirrel shorts.

However, after completing work on the first season of ''Animaniacs'', [=StarToons=] began sliding into a downwards spiral. Jon planned with one of his former background painters, an Indian named Uttam Kumar, to start an Indian animation house for [=StarToons=] (which was to be the first of its kind) only for Kumar to be found out as having undergone a FaceHeelTurn during that time. Later, after a management change at Creator/WarnerBros Animation (his client for nearly all of [=StarToons=]' work), Jon tried to get on good terms with new president Sander Schwartz, only to be accused of shipping the work to an overseas studio just because it was so different from what [=StarToons=] usually did. This was the death knell to [=StarToons=], and Jon [=McClenahan=] was on his own again.

After a brief stint at Germany's Munich Animation, he became a director at MidwayGames until 2006. After that, he had a two-year stint at Star Farm Productions.

Now, since 2008, Jon [=McClenahan=] once again has his own company, named [[http://www.mackhammer.com/index.php Mack Hammer Productions]], which mainly does storbboards and character designs for miscellaneous shows. However, he keeps a low profile, and he posts on the ToonZone forums as [[http://www.toonzone.net/forums/member.php?18706-Jonny-Mack Jonny Mack]].

Interviewed a few years back on [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/mcclenahan.html Platypus Comix]] (which is where the page quote comes from).


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Dudley the Dinosaur is Jon [=McClenahan=]'s most well known creation, a mascot for the American Dental Association. Dudley was the nation's first bilingual (English and Spanish) kids' public service campaign. He has starred in many commercials, beating ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Smokey The Bear]]'' as the most well-known public service campaign character, and ads have been in and out of production since 1991.
!!Shows worked on by Jon [=McClenahan=]:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' (sequences in 17 episodes by Kennedy Cartoons, sequences in one Creator/EncoreCartoons episode, and three full episodes using his [=StarToons=] studio: "Henny Youngman Day", "Thirteensomething", and "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special")
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' (sequences in three episodes by Kennedy Cartoons: "Jurassic Jumble", "Whiffle While You Work" and "Dry Hard")
* ''[=McGee=] and Me'' (animated sequences in three episodes: "In the Nick of Time","The Blunder Years", and "Beauty And The Least")
* ''TazMania'' (including the intro sequence)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' (28 shorts, plus some bumpers and wraparounds)
* ''Secret Adventures'' (animated sequences)
* ''Fat Cats'' (a pilot for the WhatACartoonShow)
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'' (storyboards)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' (9 episodes) [[labelnote:List]] "The Wild West", "Around The World In A Daze", "Writers of the Purple Prose", "The Dawn of Time", "Loud Kiddington's Ancient History", "More Explorers", "Euro Mania", "Communuts", "Better Living Through Science"[[/labelnote]]
!!Tropes associated with Jon [=McClenahan=]:
* AnimationBump: Mainly due to the bounciness and expressiveness of his work
* DependingOnTheArtist: Was more evident in [=StarToons=]'s work for ''Animaniacs'', due to a larger animation staff.
* FaceHeelTurn: Uttam Kumar. (To elaborate: In an interview at Platypus Comix, Jon was asked about former colleagues, and Uttam wasn't mentioned in a good light. Jon hasn't spoken to him since 1997)
* OffModel: Jon always admitted that this was his studio's weakness. However, this doesn't make the animation [[TropesAreNotBad bad at all]].
* ProductionPosse: When it came to TV series, [=StarToons=] worked almost exclusively with Warner Bros. Animation.