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Craig Douglas McCracken (born March 31, 1971) is an American animator, writer, director and producer, who is best-known as the creator the Cartoon Network animated series The Powerpuff Girls (1998) and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

Born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, Craig and his family moved to Whitter, California, after his 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. During his second year, Craig created a short cartoon called "Whoopass Stew", and the idea eventually became The Powerpuff Girls. After graduating, he got his start in the animation industry on 2 Stupid Dogs.

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 spent the next few years as a freelancer, creating sketches for what would eventually become his next show Wander over Yonder in 2013. It ran for two seasons before it's cancelation, making it McCracken's first show to be canceled rather than voluntarily ended.

Craig then moved over to Netflix to create Kid Cosmic, which premiered on in 2021; being his first series distributed for a streaming service, and the first to fully utilize a serialized story format. In 2022, it was announced that Craig has returned to Cartoon Network to spearhead the revivals of both Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

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.

McCracken took inspiration for his work from Jim Henson, Dr. Seuss, and Charles M. Schulz.

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.
  • Kid Cosmic, produced by Netflix.

Craig McCracken's works provide examples of: