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Craig Douglas McCracken (born March 31, 1971) is an American animator, responsible for the Cartoon Network cartoons, The Powerpuff Girls, as well as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Born in Charleroi, 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.

There was also a short lived project on Cartoon Network he and Rob Renzetti created called Cartoonstitute, which was supposed to be a 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 producing a show named, Kid Cosmic for Netflix, to premiere in 2020.


He is married to fellow animator Lauren Faust. The two met when she joined the writing staff of Powerpuff Girls in season three and have since collaborated on all of his subsequent shows. They presently have one daughter together.

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 note 
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
  • Wander over Yonder. His first series to be produced for a company outside of Cartoon Network, and to date, his only series to be canceled rather than willingly ended.
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  • Kid Cosmic, produced by Netflix.

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