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 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'' (The original 1998 series. He had no involvement with the the [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 2016 revival]] other then giving his blessing to proceed without him.)
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder''

!!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. 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 LaurenFaust ''never'' display romantic affection for one another publicly.
* NoNeckChump: His first student film, ''No Neck Joe'', was nothing but what he considered to be "the lamest, stupidest jokes you could make about no 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.
* ThickLineAnimation: His SignatureStyle. Both ''The Powerpuff Girls'' and ''Wander Over Yonder'' used this. It's inverted with ''Fosters'' which is done in a lineless style.
* WildHair: Most often portrayed with very curly hair.