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Genndy Tartakovsky (born Gennady Borisovich Tartakovsky, Геннадий Борисович Тартаковский, January 17, 1970) is a Russian-American animation director, producer, and one of the greatest minds to ever come out of Cartoon Network Studios.

Born in the USSR to Ashkenazi Jewish parents, Tartakovsky moved abroad with his family, afraid of anti-Semitism, when he was seven years old. First they went to Italy, where he picked up art from their German neighbours' daughter. Upon his arrival in The United States, he got his first exposure to American cartoons and developed a deep love of comic books, Looney Tunes, and Humongous Mecha anime.

Genndy would attend the California Institute of the Arts a.k.a. "CalArts" (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. His senior thesis film, Changes, was later remade as the pilot for Cartoon Network's first original show, Dexter's Laboratory. While schooling, he formed a strong friendship with Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls) and Rob Renzetti (My Life as a Teenage Robot), with the trio going on regularly collaborate on each others' projects during their time at Cartoon Network and beyond.

Following his time as a supervising producer on McCracken's The Powerpuff Girls (1998), Genndy began work on his second series: Samurai Jack, a cinematic action/adventure series inspired in equal parts Akira Kurosawa, Spaghetti Western, and Japanese anime. Widely considered one of the greatest productions to come out of Cartoon Network Studios, the series ended after 52 episodes in order to create the Star Wars: Clone Wars; plans to return to Samurai Jack and conclude it with a theatrical feature were scrapped when The Powerpuff Girls Movie flopped.

After Clone Wars, Tartakovsky left Cartoon Network to start his own independent studio, The Orphanage. The timing could not have been worse, as the studio's formation coincided with the 2008 economic crash; in the end, the studio only managed to produce a handful of commercials, as well as co-produce the only season of Sym-Bionic Titan.

Genndy made his feature directorial debut in 2012 at Sony Pictures Animation with Hotel Transylvania (admittedly because he needed work) which was a financial success. After directing its sequel, he was pegged to do an All-CGI Cartoon Popeye feature, returning to his roots, and an original project called Can You Imagine? until both got shelved, instead being put on the third Transylvania movie.

In 2017, Genndy finally got the chance to give Samurai Jack a proper conclusion when [adult swim]'s Toonami block agreed to produce a fifth season. The same year, he created Cage, a 4-issue Marvel Comics miniseries starring Luke Cage, which throws-back to the character's blaxploitation roots.

In 2019, it announced that Tartakovsky has two films in development at Sony, the adult comedy Fixed and the adventure film Black Knight, and a new series for Adult Swim entitled Primal. Following the success of Primal, Genndy would enter an exclusive development deal with Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation, with the first show to emerge from this being Unicorn: Warriors Eternal.

He has been Happily Married to Dawn David since 2000, around the time his popularity as an animator really took off (he spent part of their honeymoon storyboarding the pilot for Samurai Jack). They currently have three children.

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