Craig McCracken is an American animator, responsible for the Cartoon Network cartoons, The Powerpuff Girls, as well as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. 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 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.He met and eventually married Lauren Faust, 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 Cartoonstitute, which was supposed to be a Spiritual 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 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 (The original 1998 series. He had no involvement with the the 2016 revival, that was strictly Cartoon Network's decision. He acknowledges that he didn't mind them doing the reboot from a financial standpoint. Though expresses some annoyance with CN continuing the franchise.)
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- Wander over Yonder
Tropes used by this artist:
- Adobe Flash: Switched to it when he started work on Foster's... since it allows for faster and more expressive moment on a television budget. Every animation from him since then has been done in this style, though he has switched to 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 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.◊
- 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: 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 Cartoon Network.
- 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."
- 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.