13 Facts About Craig McCracken


Craig McCracken was born on March 31,1971 and is an American cartoonist, animator, director, writer, and producer known for creating the Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Disney Channel and Disney XD's Wander Over Yonder and Netflix's Kid Cosmic.


Craig McCracken attended California High School in Whittier, California and the California Institute of the Arts, where he met his friend and future collaborator, Genndy Tartakovsky.


In 1993, McCracken was hired by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons as an art director on the Turner Broadcasting System series 2 Stupid Dogs, alongside Tartakovsky.


Craig McCracken recalled that the network could not market a show with the word "ass" in it, so two friends of his came up with The Powerpuff Girls as a replacement for the original title.


The first short to be picked up by the network was Tartakovsky's Dexter's Laboratory, which Craig McCracken would contribute to in early seasons.


Craig McCracken's Powerpuff was the fourth cartoon to be greenlit a full series, which premiered on November 18,1998, with the final episode airing on March 25,2005.


In 2002, Craig McCracken directed The Powerpuff Girls Movie, a prequel to his series.


Craig McCracken left The Powerpuff Girls after four seasons, focusing on his next project, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.


Craig McCracken developed the series with wife Lauren Faust and Mike Moon.


Craig McCracken created Wander Over Yonder for Disney Television Animation and Disney Channel in August 2013.


Craig McCracken then pitched his idea to Netflix and it was greenlight under the name of Kid Cosmic.


Craig McCracken pitched 10 projects to Netflix in August 2021, but eventually left by April 2022 due to mass layoffs at Netflix Animation.


In 2023, Craig McCracken received the Winsor McCay Award at the Annie Awards ceremony for his "unparalleled achievement and exceptional contributions to animation".