Lauren Faust (born July 25, 1974) is an American animator whose projects include The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and DC Super Hero Girls. For a long time now, Lauren has been trying to get strong female leads for animation. She was attached to direct the forthcoming CGI feature Medusa for Sony Pictures Animation, but left the project in November 2015. She is currently working on her first novel and raising her first child.
She was born in Annapolis, Maryland and studied at the California Institute of the Arts (better known as CalArts) and decided to go into the animation industry. Lauren has been known for the preteen girls' Web site Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls, as well as being married to animator Craig McCracken. Her DeviantArt account is located here. She has a Twitter here. And she uses the tripcodes !5l/hHZnoEA and (on Ponychan) !cdljAQmhl.
Films and other works Lauren Faust has worked on:
- The Maxx: The Animated Series, started out in the business here. She did the character layout. Was given part of Julie.
- Cats Don't Dance: Animator, she was given parts of Danny to animate on what the other animators didn't finish, and she later did a few scenes with Sawyer.
- Quest for Camelot: Animator, but she pretends that it never happened. See Creator Backlash on the Trivia page.
- The Powerpuff Girls: Storyboard artist, writer, director of several episodes, as well as supervising director for the show. She also was a writer for The Movie.
- The Iron Giant: Animator. Lauren's crew handled mostly Hogarth and Annie, but got to do a little work on Dean as well.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Writer, developer, story editor, storyboard artist and character designer; she also wrote/co-wrote the made-for-TV specials Good Wilt Hunting and Destination Imagination, the latter of which won an Emmy in 2009. The design and personality of Frankie Foster is confirmed to have been partly based on Lauren.
- Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls: An original concept featuring girls named after planets and other celestial objects, a la Sailor Moon. She hopes to someday develop this into a show of her own. Faust is holding stuffed dolls of the characters in the page pic. The web site is now defunct, but can still be found archived here.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Series developer, executive producer, storyboard artist and creative director for the first season of the show, and consulting producer for the second season of the show. It is often considered as a Spiritual Successor to The Powerpuff Girls.
- Super Best Friends Forever: A series of roughly one-minute shorts starring Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Girl for Cartoon Network's DC Nation block.
- Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony: Was a producer alongside John de Lancie and Tara Strong.
- Wander over Yonder: Was co-producer and head of story in its first season.
- Them's Fightin' Herds: Her first time working on a video game property. After the Indie Game team Mane6 received a C&D from Hasbro for their 'My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic based fighting game, Lauren volunteered to work with them to create a new world and characters for an original property.
- DC Super Hero Girls: A TV series developed by her based on the online shorts premiered on Cartoon Network in March 2019. Executive produced the first season of the series.
- Kid Cosmic: Credited as a character designer and developernote .
- Medusa: A planned animated feature from Sony about the classical mythology character. This would have been her debut as a feature film director, but she left the project in 2015; it has since been scrapped.
- A yet-untitled young adult novel about a tween witch and her friendship with her cat.
- Toil and Trouble: A series about a witch named Smudge and her relationship with her cat, Jinx. It was pitched to Netflix and was greenlit, but got canceled halfway through production.
Tropes that apply to Lauren Faust:
- Animesque: Her art style at least has the large eyes associated with anime. And at least two of her shows are also seen as Animesque.
- Author Appeal: Chocolate milk and references to both The Big Lebowski and "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, for some reason.
- Fanservice: She made a series of drawings labeled "Halloween cheesecake", featuring sexy monsters. She also did some parody "fan" art◊ of Sawyer from Cats Don't Dance that likely falls under this.
- No Hugging, No Kissing: She made sure that there was to be no romance among the main characters in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as she considers it to be a major factor in bringing down thousands of girl's shows. Any romance shown, such as the weddings in "A Canterlot Wedding" (season 2), is for side characters only. Ultimately subverted by the time of the show's grand finalenote , though she had no involvement in it. As with her husband and his work, this applies to real life as well, as the two of them always keep a professional stance and are never romantic in public (their only publicly-released wedding photo is of them fist-bumping).
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: She is 100% opposed to this mentality, stating that most girl-centered cartoons fail due to bad writing/directing and not because of any inherent "girliness".
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: A good part of her character designs seems to be influenced by her time in The Powerpuff Girls. And most of those characters can kick a lot of butt. Including the aforementioned Powerpuff Girls.
- Strictly Formula: She says it's mostly unintentional, and there are differences between characters, but there are some recurring character archetypes in her works such as a goofy Genki Girl (Mars, Pinkie Pie, Batgirl), an athletic tomboy (Mercury, Rainbow Dash, Supergirl), and so on.