Genndy Tartakovsky (Геннадий Тартаковский) is a Russian-American animation director and producer. He is one of the greatest minds behind Cartoon Network
Born in 1970 in the USSR to Jewish parents, Tartakovsky moved abroad with his family, afraid of anti-semitism. First they went to Italy, where he picked up art from their German neighbours' daughter. Then they moved to the USA, where he eventually got into 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 Dexter's Laboratory
. While schooling, he formed a strong friendship with Craig McCracken
and Rob Renzetti (My Life as a Teenage Robot
), which often shows in their cooperation between series.
After working on Sym-Bionic Titan
for Cartoon Network, he has moved on to Sony Pictures Animation, in which he directed Hotel Transylvania
. After the success of Hotel Transylvania
, he is now directing an All-CGI Cartoon Popeye
feature film for Sony.
His notable works include:
Tropes applicable to him and his works include:
- Action Cartoon, Quiet Drama Scene
- Animesque: Most of Tartakovsky's cartoons follow this, mainly because he was inspired by Japanese animation.
- Art Evolution: He used to be so horrible at art he couldn't draw a circle.
- Aside Glance: Many of his characters' silent reactions to something odd or stupid taking place often involve this, either directly to the audience or another character.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Compare the comedic Dexter's Laboratory to the more serious Samurai Jack or Sym-Bionic Titan.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Tartakovsky is either in love with this or owes it money. Sym-Bionic Titan's Radar entry is pretty much its recap.
- Development Hell: The Movie of Samurai Jack is in here, and interest is needed at hand.
- Lock and Load Montage: Tartakovsky's apparently a big fan of these; they can be found quite frequently in all of his cartoons.
- Ms. Fanservice: If there's a young woman in one of his cartoons, expect her to almost always be a Fetish Fuel Station Attendant.
- Rule of Cool
- Silence Is Golden: Most notably in Samurai Jack. Not as much, but still prominent in Star Wars: Clone Wars and Sym-Bionic Titan. Happened occasionally in Dexter's Laboratory.
- Thick-Line Animation: Consciously averted with Samurai Jack (it has the look, just not the lines), but his previous and subsequent works have this style.
- Widget Series: But as Sym-Bionic Titan proved, this has never looked so cool.
- What Could Have Been: Tartakovsky had two chances to get into directing films, none of which came to be. First being a sequel to The Dark Crystal, which ended up in development hell. Second being a film of Astro Boy, which later ended up being finished in another studio unrelated to him, and did so poorly that it closed them down.