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Craig [=McCracken=] is an American animator, responsible for the Creator/CartoonNetwork cartoons, ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', as well as ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. Born in 1971 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''.

He met and eventually married Creator/LaurenFaust, who worked as producer and writer for ''Powerpuff Girls'' and ''Foster's Home''. There was also a short lived project on Cartoon Network he and Rob Renzetti created called ''WesternAnimation/{{Cartoonstitute}}'', which was supposed to be a SpiritualSuccessor 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.

[[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, 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.

!!Tropes used by this artist:

* UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash: Switched to it when he started work on ''[[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Foster's...]]'' since it allows for faster and more expressive moment on [[LimitedAnimation a television budget]]. Every animation from him since then has been done in this style, though he has switched to UsefulNotes/ToonBoom for ''Wander Over Yonder''.
** By his own admission, he's a better designer than he is an animator, which may have something to do with this.
* {{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.
* BadassBeard: His current pictures have him with one. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CMCC.jpg See here.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Like fellow Hanna-Barbera producer GenndyTartakovsky, he enjoys this trope. The Radar entry of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' page is an excellent example.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Genndy Tartakovsky. Although he claims that they aren't as close as they once were, most likely due to their careers taking different paths after they both left Creator/CartoonNetwork.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: 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 Creator/LaurenFaust ''never'' display romantic affection for one another publicly (to the point that their only publicly released wedding photo is of them fist-bumping).
* 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]] . . . )
* TheSixties: He missed the decade by a year but a lot of his works are heavily influenced by it.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The performer to Creator/GenndyTartakovsky's technician: Craig was a stronger draftsman while Genndy usually handled timing.
* 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.
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