Genndy Tartakovsky (Геннадий Тартаковский) is a Russian-American animation director, producer, and one of the greatest minds to ever come out of classic Creator/CartoonNetwork.

Born in 1970 in the USSR to Jewish parents, Tartakovsky moved abroad with his family, afraid of anti-semitism. First they went to UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, where he picked up art from their German neighbours' daughter. Upon his arrival in UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, he got his first exposure to American cartoons and developed a deep love of ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}, WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, and HumongousMecha anime.

Genndy would attend California School of Arts (because he was too late to apply for a business school). There he embraced his future career as an animator and made his first two shorts, one of which eventually became ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory.'' While schooling, he formed a strong friendship with Creator/CraigMcCracken and Rob Renzetti (''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''), which often shows in their cooperation between series.

Following ''Dexter'' was ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack,'' a hugely ambitious series with a unique, cinematic style, equal parts ''Franchise/StarWars,'' anime, and Creator/AkiraKurosawa. It's widely considered to be his greatest accomplishment, as well as one of the best cartoons ever produced for Cartoon Network.

After four years of ''Jack,'' Genndy started putting together his own independent studio, an effort which, in retrospect, was horribly timed, conceding with both the economic crash in 2008 and [[DeaderThanDisco the downfall of traditional animation]] in America. In the end, the studio produced one project, a single season of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' for Cartoon Network.

These days, he has moved on to Sony Pictures Animation, where he directed ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' to both financial and critical acclaim. After directing its sequel, he was pegged to do an All-CGI Cartoon ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' feature, returning to his roots, but the film has since entered DevelopmentHell, putting his next project, an original story called ''Can You Imagine?,'' next in the roster. His latest work will be a new season of ''Samurai Jack,'' being produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Creator/AdultSwim's Creator/{{Toonami}} block with Genndy back in the directing chair.

!! His notable works include:

* Animator on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
* Storyboarding on ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs''
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cartoonstitute}} Maruined]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''
* Storyboarding the action sequences on ''Film/IronMan2''
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' and its sequel.
* Animation direction on the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' pilot.
* ''Can You Imagine?'' [In Development]

!! Tropes applicable to him and his works include:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: His signature style for most of his action cartoons, with ''Samurai Jack'' being the crowning example, having a few episodes where [[NoDialogueEpisode no characters talked at all throughout it.]]
* {{Animesque}}: Most of Tartakovsky's cartoons follow this, mainly because he was inspired by Japanese animation.
* ArtEvolution: He used to be so horrible at art, he couldn't draw a circle.
* AsideGlance: Many of his characters' silent reactions to something odd or stupid taking place often involve this, either directly to the audience or another character.
* CerebusSyndrome: Compare the comedic ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' to the more serious ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' or ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan.''
** LighterAndSofter: And his first project after ''Titan'' was his broadly comic feature-debut, ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania.''
* DevelopmentHell: TheMovie of ''Samurai Jack'' is in here, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dk42LkKXRw interest is needed at hand.]]
** And now the ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' movie.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Tartakovsky is either in love with this or owes it money. ''Sym-Bionic Titan'''s Radar entry is pretty much its recap.
* HeAlsoDid: Briefly animated for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' at their studio in UsefulNotes/{{Spain}}.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Tartakovsky's apparently a big fan of these; they can be found quite frequently in all of his cartoons.
* MsFanservice: If there's a young woman in one of his cartoons, expect her to almost always be a source of FetishFuel.
* RuleOfCool: Even in his non-serious related works such as ''Dexter's Laboratory,'' he'll often have some form of action scenes in some episodes that either involve or invoke ancient Japanese customs or warriors such as Ninjas or Samurais [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers or]] {{Humongous Mecha}}s. [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot Sometimes all at once.]]
* SeriousBusiness: The writers for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' learned the hard way that he does ''not'' tolerate story meetings being used for idle chit chat about anything non-story related, such as discussing video games.
* SilenceIsGolden: Most notably in ''Samurai Jack.'' Not as much, but still prominent in ''Star Wars: Clone Wars'' and ''Sym-Bionic Titan.'' He experiments with this a bit in ''Dexter's Laboratory.''
* ThickLineAnimation: Consciously averted with ''Samurai Jack'' (it has the look, just not the ''lines''), but his previous and subsequent works have this style.
* WidgetSeries: But as ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' proved, this [[TropesAreTools has never looked so cool.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Tartakovsky had two chances to get into directing films, none of which came to be. First being a sequel to ''Film/TheDarkCrystal,'' which ended up in development hell. Second being a film of ''Manga/AstroBoy,'' which later ended up being finished in another studio unrelated to him, and did so poorly that it closed them down.
** Sadly, it seems that the Popeye feature he was working on at Sony has been [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/sony-killed-genndy-tartakovskys-popeye-110356.html canned.]]
** Before his studio fell apart, they were developing a movie about vikings (before ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' no less). They were even invited to create a silent film about dinosaurs, which eventually became ''WesternAnimation/WalkingWithDinosaurs,'' as Creator/IlluminationEntertainment's first feature.