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Craig Douglas [=McCracken=] (born March 31, 1971) is an American animator, responsible for the Creator/CartoonNetwork cartoons, ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', as well as ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. 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 Creator/GenndyTartakovsky and Rob Renzetti (''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''). The friendship is evident in the cooperation between series. After graduating he got his start on ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs''. 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Cartoonstitute}}'', which was supposed to be a successor to the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' on TV, but it got put quietly on CN's video service instead. He left Cartoon Network in 2009, and later worked on ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-disney-animation-20120312,0,7335573.story which got picked up by the Disney Channel]] and premiered on September 13, 2013. That show was canceled after two seasons due to ExecutiveMeddling, 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 Creator/LaurenFaust. 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.

[[http://cmcc.deviantart.com/ He also has a Deviantart page]], a [[https://twitter.com/CrackMcCraigen Twitter]], and a [[http://crackmccraigen.tumblr.com/ 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''
* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' - Art director
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' - Art director, writer, storyboard artist and director
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' [[note]]''Only'' the original version. He was not at all involved in the 2016 reboot or the anime, as he does not own the rights to the show, much to his annoyance[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder''. To date, his only series to be canceled rather than willingly ended.

!!Craig [=McCracken=] and his works provide examples of:
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* TheSixties: He missed the decade by a year but a lot of his works are heavily influenced by it.
* ArtEvolution: While his personal drawing style hasn't changed much over the years, his preferred animation techniques have. ''[[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Foster's...]]'' saw him move from traditional hand-drawn animation to [[UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash 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). ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' continued the technique, but switched from Flash to the more reliable UsefulNotes/ToonBoom.
* {{Animesque}}: ''The Powerpuff Girls'' was basically this mixed with heavy [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UPA_(animation_studio) UPA]]/Hanna-Barbera influence.
* AuthorAppeal: ''Franchise/StarWars'' and Japanese animation are frequently referenced in his work.
* AuthorAvatar: Mac from ''[[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Foster's]]'' is [[WriteWhoYouKnow unintentionally]] a bit based on himself as a kid. He eventually rolled with it.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Like fellow Hanna-Barbera producer Creator/GenndyTartakovsky, he enjoys this trope. The Radar entry of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' page is an excellent example.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Seems to prefer this rule in his cartoons and also seems to dislike when his shows' fanbase gets too into {{Shipping}}.
* NoNeckChump: 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."
* TheNoseless: Rather common in his cartoons (WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls, [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Bloo, Wilt,]] [[WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder Wander]] . . . )
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Heavily on the idealistic end, albeit with a heavy dose of BlackComedy to balance it out. ''Wander over Yonder'' was even described as being "love versus hate."
* ThickLineAnimation: His SignatureStyle. Both ''The Powerpuff Girls'' and ''Wander Over Yonder'' used this. It's inverted with ''Fosters'' which is done in a mostly lineless style.
* WildHair: Most often portrayed with very curly hair.
** In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUbNjSdyg98 making of documentary]] for the ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', storyboard artist Paul Rudish even joked that Craig looked like the missing crew member for ''WesternAnimation/GooberAndTheGhostChasers'' when they first met.