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Genndy Tartakovsky


Genndy Tartakovsky with 'Samurai Jack'

Genndy Tartakovsky with 'Samurai Jack'

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Genndy Tartakovsky:

Genndy Tartakovsky is not a household name, but if you're an animated TV fan, you may know him. He created Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and helmed the first Star Wars: Clone Wars for Cartoon Network. He also directed and wrote for The Powerpuff Girls.


Genndy Tartakovsky was born in 1970 in Moscow, Russia, then his family moved to Chicago when he was 7 years old.


After high school, Tartakovsky studied film at Chicago's Columbia College before moving to Los Angeles to study animation at Cal Arts. At Cal Arts he wrote, directed, produced and animated two student films. One of his student films, which was selected for the Cal Arts Producers Show, was the basis for Dexter's Laboratory.


Genndy Tartakovsky is the creator/writer/director of Dexter's Laboratory and co-creator of Dial M For Monkey and Justice Friends. Tartakovsky also served as a producer and director on Cartoon Network's Emmy®-award winning series The Powerpuff Girls. Plus, Tartakovsky served as animation director for The Powerpuff Girls Movie. With Samurai Jack, Tartakovsky created an animated television show that is cinematic in scope and that incorporates action, humor and intricate artistry, and very little dialogue. In 2003 he spearheaded the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series on Cartoon Network.


His first professional cartoon creation, Dexter's Laboratory, received four Emmy® nominations and an Annie Award. Clone Wars won two Emmy awards, while Samurai Jack won one.

What's Next?:

Tartakovsky developed a cartoon for Cartoon Network titled Sym-Bionic Titan, which premiered September 17, 2010. Plus, he has been tapped by The Jim Henson Company to direct Power of the Dark Crystal, the sequal to The Dark Crystal.
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