Craig McCracken Movies and Career Information

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Mar 31, 1971
Director and Writer

Craig McCracken (March 31, 1971) is an American animator and creator of The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. He also did animation work on King of The Hill during seasons 1-4. Craig McCracken was born on March 31, 1971 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. After his father died when he was seven years old, he and his family moved to Whittier, California. Craig became interested in drawing at an early age. Upon graduation of high school, he attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he honed his animation skills. There he met classmate Genndy Tartakovsky, with whom he would occasionally collaborate throughout his career. During his freshman year, he created a series of short cartoons featuring a character named No Neck Joe, which were picked up by Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. While at CalArts, he also created a short entitled Whoopass Stew!, which would become the basis for The Powerpuff Girls In 1993, Craig was tapped by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons to work as art director on 2 Stupid Dogs, as well as Tartakovsky's Dexter's Laboratory. He began producing The Powerpuff Girls, which premiered as a short in 1995 on studio

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