Craig Douglas McCracken (born March 31, 1971) is an American animator, responsible for the Cartoon Network cartoons, The Powerpuff Girls, as well as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Born in Chareloi, Pennsylvania his family moved to Whitter, California after McCracken's father died when he was seven. He went to the California Institute of Arts, where he formed a strong friendship with Genndy Tartakovsky and Rob Renzetti (My Life as a Teenage Robot). The friendship is evident in the cooperation between series. After graduating he got his start on 2 Stupid Dogs. He created a cartoon called "Whoopass Stew," and the idea eventually became The Powerpuff Girls.There was also a short lived project on Cartoon Network he and Rob Renzetti created called Cartoonstitute, which was supposed to be a successor to the What A Cartoon! Show on TV, but it got put quietly on CN's video service instead. He left Cartoon Network in 2009, and later worked on Wander over Yonder, which got picked up by the Disney Channel and premiered on September 13, 2013. That show was canceled after two seasons due to Executive Meddling, a first for McCracken (He left after the fourth season of Powerpuff Girls which carried on without him for two more seasons. But was allowed to do a special which closed out the original run of the show, and he voluntarily ended Foster's... after six seasons). He is currently developing a new show for Disney.He is married to fellow animator Lauren Faust. The two met when she joined the writing staff of Powerpuff Girls in season three and have since collaborated on all of his subsequent shows. They presently have one daughter together.He also has a Deviantart page, a Twitter, and a Tumblr.
Notable works include:
- No Neck Joe - his 1st year student film
- Whoopass Stew - his 2nd year student film, starring the prototype versions of The Powerpuff Girls
- 2 Stupid Dogs - Art director
- Dexter's Laboratory - Art director, writer, storyboard artist and director
- The Powerpuff Girls note
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- Wander over Yonder. To date, his only series to be canceled rather than willingly ended.
Tropes used by this artist:
- Art Evolution: While his personal drawing style hasn't changed much over the years, his preferred animation techniques have. Foster's... saw him move from traditional hand-drawn animation to 2D computer animation, which allowed for more fluid character animation on a TV budget and better complimented his draftsmanship (by his own admission, he's a better designer than he is an animator). Wander over Yonder continued the technique, but switched from Flash to the more reliable ToonBoom.
- Animesque: The Powerpuff Girls was basically this mixed with heavy UPA/Hanna-Barbera influence.
- Author Appeal: Star Wars and Japanese animation are frequently referenced in his work.
- Author Avatar: Mac from Foster's is unintentionally a bit based on himself as a kid. He eventually rolled with it.
- Badass Beard: His current pictures have him with one. See here.◊
- Berserk Button: Less "berserk" and more "pet peeve," but he really doesn't like uninformed Twitter users perpetually asking about the PowerPuff Girls reboot (whether or not he was involved, his opinions of it).
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Like fellow Hanna-Barbera producer Genndy Tartakovsky, he enjoys this trope. The Radar entry of The Powerpuff Girls page is an excellent example.
- Happily Married: To Lauren Faust though they don't share romantic photos of them publicly because neither of them are a fan of shipping characters together in their shows.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Genndy Tartakovsky. Although he claims that they aren't as close as they once were, presumably because each is too busy with his own shows.
- No Hugging, No Kissing: Seems to prefer this rule in his cartoons and also seems to dislike when his shows' fanbase gets too into Shipping.
- Same thing goes for real life as well: he and Lauren Faust never display romantic affection for one another publicly (to the point that their only publicly released wedding photo is of them fist-bumping).
- No-Neck Chump: His first student film, No Neck Joe, was nothing but what he considered to be "the lamest, stupidest jokes you could make about not having a neck."
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Heavily on the idealistic end, albeit with a heavy dose of Black Comedy to balance it out. Wander over Yonder was even described as being "love versus hate."
- The Noseless: Rather common in his cartoons (The Powerpuff Girls, Bloo, Wilt, Wander . . . )
- The '60s: He missed the decade by a year but a lot of his works are heavily influenced by it.
- Technician vs. Performer: The performer to Genndy Tartakovsky's technician: Craig was a stronger draftsman while Genndy usually handled timing.
- Thick-Line Animation: His Signature Style. Both The Powerpuff Girls and Wander Over Yonder used this. It's inverted with Fosters which is done in a mostly lineless style.
- Wild Hair: Most often portrayed with very curly hair.