Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken
Craig McCracken

McCracken at the 2008 Comic-Con International
Born March 31, 1971 (1971-03-31) (age 40)
Charleroi, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Occupation director, animator, writer
Years active 1993-2009
Known for The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Spouse Lauren Faust

Craig McCracken (March 31, 1971) is an American animator and creator of The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.



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, both of which aired primarily on Cartoon Network in the United States. He began producing The Powerpuff Girls, which premiered as a short in 1995 on studio president Fred Seibert's animation incubator What a Cartoon!, and full half-hour episodes in 1998. The show has won both Emmy[1] and Annie[2] awards.

In 2004, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends began airing on Cartoon Network. This series also won Emmy[3] and Annie[4] awards. In April 2008, he became executive producer of a new Cartoon Network showcase project called Cartoonstitute. After 15 years of employment, he has left his job at Cartoon Network after its focus switched to reality programming.

McCracken is married to Lauren Faust, who worked alongside him on The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and is the creator and former director of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic".



Year Title Role
1992 Whoopass Stew! creator, director, writer, animator
1997 No Neck Joe creator, writer, director
1999 Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip writer
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie creator, writer, director, executive producer, storyboard artist, character designer
2008 The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! writer, director, executive producer, story editor, storyboard artist, character designer


Year Title Role
1993-1995 2 Stupid Dogs art director
1995-1997 What a Cartoon! writer, director, art director
1995-1996 Dumb and Dumber character designer
1996-1998 Dexter's Laboratory director, art director, model designer, storyboard artist
1998-2008 The Powerpuff Girls creator, executive producer, writer, director
2004-2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends creator, executive producer, developer, writer, director, story editor
2009 Chowder writer, storyboard artist
Episode: The Birthday Suits


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