YMMV / Genndy Tartakovsky

  • Animation Age Ghetto: Intentionally subverted. Genndy has made a conscious effort to make all of his work as universally appealing as possible, and the result is that nearly all of his shows, whether they were intended for kids (Dexter's Laboratory, Hotel Transylvania) or young adults (Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Sym-Bionic Titan), are widely appreciated by both. Even the [adult swim] revival of Jack isn't "adult" in the typical sense, the only major differences being actual bloodshed and exactly one episode with (mild) profanity.
  • Growing the Beard: While Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls were very well-received, he fully achieved a level of developed dramatic and stylistic storytelling with Samurai Jack and Sym-Bionic Titan that would rival most live-action works.
  • Nightmare Fuel: This gloriously insane TV spot he directed for a nicotine patch.
  • Tear Jerker: He and his brother Alex describing their parents' respective deaths in Genndy's Scrapbook.
    • Their father died of a sudden heart attack when Genndy was only fifteen, eventually forcing the Tartakovskys into government housing with Genndy having to work three jobs to support the family while still going to school. He describes himself as feeling numb the night it happened, just aimlessly watching Miami Vice with Alex as he tried to comprehend the tragedy.
    • During his first animation job in Spain, he got wind that his mother was in the late stages of cancer, which she had never told him about, and barely had time to get back to the US to be with her before she passed. Neither of his parents lived to see his career blossom.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Season 5 of Samurai Jack is by far his most dramatic work and also his most highly praised.
  • Uncanny Valley: Plenty of his character designs, particularly background characters.