- Full Name Craig McCracken
- Occupation Animator, Director, Producer
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Pennsylvania, USA
- Birth Date Mar 31, 1971
- Age 50 Years, 3 Months
"I'm curious to see what they do with it. The initial concept of Powerpuff Girls was the idea that they were little kids being superheroes, so the fact that they're making them grow up, that sort of changes that initial concept. But we'll see what they do with it."
Craig McCracken | Biography 2021
Craig McCracken had originally named the series 'Whoopass Stew!,' which was later renamed 'The Powerpuff Girls.' The show quickly earned an audience and eventually won an 'Emmy Awards' and 'Annie Awards.' McCracken also directed the movie 'The Powerpuff Girls Movie' (2002), a prequel to the series, to add to the cartoon story. The Cartoon Network rebooted the first two seasons and released them in 2016. The production of the third season was completed on 16 June 2019. 'The Powerpuff Girls' live-action series based on the original animated series has been in development at the network. It shall feature the adult versions of the three kindergarten-aged girls from the iconic series.
Craig McCracken is an animator and producer of the infamous cartoon series 'The Powerpuff Girls' and 'Kid Cosmic.'
Who is Craig McCracken?
Craig McCracken is a writer, director, and producer of animated series like The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Homes for Imaginary Friends, and Kids Cosmic.
McCracken worked as a book illustrator for a while before joining the California Institute of the Arts. Then, he worked at the Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, where he recreated his college project, which is now famously known as The Powerpuff Girls. The animated series was picked by the Cartoon Network in 1998 and was on air till 2005. The show was one of the most popular cartoons on the network and was awarded an 'Emmy Award' and 'Annie Award.'
McCracken also won the 'Primetime Emmy Award' for 'Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation' in 2005 and 'Outstanding Animated Program' in 2009.
McCracken went on to direct the movie version of the series, which was released in 2002. The network later rebooted the series for three seasons in 2016. It is currently being produced as a live-action series.
He created another series called Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends in 2004, which was also released under Cartoon Network. McCracken's recent project Kids Comic is currently being aired on Netflix since 2021.
His other works include 2 Stupid Dogs, What a Cartoon!, Dumb and Dumber, Chowder, Uncle Grandpa, and Regular Show.
Craig Douglas McCracken was born on 31 March 1971 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States of America. He was interested in drawing since the age of three. After graduating high school from California High School in Whittier, he briefly pursued a career as a comic book illustrator.
Soon, he became interested in animation, joined the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and improved his animation skills. He met his classmate Genndy Tartakovsky at the Institute, with whom he periodically collaborates throughout his career.
Recalling about how he wanted to make more than just illustrations and decided to enroll in CalArts, McCracken said, "I started drawing when I was three or four years old. I was a big fan of Tintin and The Rocketeer and classic comic strips like Krazy Kat...Back then, my dream job was to be a comic-strip artist. But by the time I was ready to get into that industry, it was really dying, so I gravitated towards animation. When I was 12, I didn't know whether I wanted to work in print or animation, but I think when I was in high school and doing comic books and comic strips, I found that I wanted to add music to them. I would come up with a joke that was based on timing or the way a line was said. That's when I realized that the way my imagination was working, I wanted to be more of a filmmaker and to work in animation. So I applied to CalArts right out of high school and got in."
McCracken made a series of short cartoons featuring a character named No Neck Joe during his first year. It was picked up by 'Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation.' He also made a project film called Whoopass Stew! while in college, which was later renamed The Powerpuff Girls.
In 1993, Hanna-Barbera Cartoons hired McCracken as an art director for the Turner Broadcasting System for 2 Stupid Dogs, for which he collaborated with his friend Tartakovsky. Meanwhile, the studio president Fred Seibert started a new project to develop an animation incubator comprising 48 new cartoons, with each lasting for seven minutes.
McCracken was inspired by the project, What a Cartoon!. He soon decided to expand his Whoopass Stew! concept, which later became The Powerpuff Girls.
'The Powerpuff Girls'
The story of the cartoon was centered on a trio of young, super-powered girls who safeguard the imaginary city of Townsville from huge monsters, brilliant primates, and other perils.
McCracken had originally dubbed for Whoopass Stew!. In the story, scientist Professor Utonium would use a secret chemical called Whoopass. To make the series more kid-friendly, the component was renamed Chemical X, and the series was renamed The Powerpuff Girls.
His first pilot, The Powerpuff Girls in: Meat Fuzzy Lumpkins, debuted on Cartoon Network's on 20 February 1995, followed by a second short, Crime 101, on 28 January 1996. The full series was premiered on 18 November 1998.
The show quickly became one of the popular cartoons on the Network and eventually won an 'Emmy Awards' and 'Annie Awards.'
McCracken also directed the movie The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002), a prequel to the series, to add to the cartoon story.
Nevertheless, after four seasons of working in the same cartoon, McCracken moved on to his next project, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, in 2004.
The Powerpuff Girls also ended on 25 March 2005. The network rebooted it, and the first two seasons were released in 2016, starring the voice actors Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides. The production of the third season was completed on 16 June 2019.
The Powerpuff Girls live-action series based on the original animated series has been in development at the network. It shall feature the adult versions of the three kindergarten-aged girls from the iconic series.
McCracken reacted to the announcement by saying that he was curious to change the original concept, "I'm curious to see what they do with it. The initial concept of Powerpuff Girls was the idea that they were little kids being superheroes, so the fact that they're making them grow up, that sort of changes that initial concept. But we'll see what they do with it."
McCracken first coined the idea of Kids Cosmic in 2009 but thought that it would not be justice to the character if he created only a random small-scale cartoon. So, he kept postponing the idea with a vision of serializing it. When animated series became popular in recent years, Netflix contacted him to make a series leaving McCracken to pick the story after a long wait. The production began in early 2018, and it has been airing since 2021.
The comic story revolves around an imaginative kid with a desire to be a hero. He lives with his free-spirited Grandpa in a sparsely populated desert town. By and by, when he discovers 5 Cosmic Stones of Power on a crashed spaceship, his dreams seem to come true. Then to reclaim the stones and stop the extraterrestrial assault, he recruits a team of local heroes. Even though the Kid and his crew are good men, they are terrible at their mission, and he finds that his vision of being a hero is vastly different from reality.
As the core message of the series was, it doesn't require any superpower to become a hero, the scenes in the story included how the common man uses his/her abilities to fight alien invaders. The show's characters were created to explain how ordinary individuals of different ages, genders, and backgrounds can be heroes.
On retrospect, McCracken wanted to create a show about that period in a kid's life when they have naïve confidence and whatever they want to do can happen. That stage of life inspired him to advance the story of Kids Cosmic.
He added, "I remember when I was a kid, I used to draw comic strips and comic books and didn't understand why I wasn't ready to be published at 12. There was another period when I decided to start a t-shirt drawing business and I started drawing cartoon characters and band logos, so I put the word out in school. I thought I was going to have this business where I was going to make tons of money! I had this conviction it was going to work. When developing Kid Cosmic, I wanted to tap into this naïve confidence that all kids have. So, the show is about a kid who has this fantasy of being a hero and that opportunity literally lands at his feet. Would the fantasy play out the way it does in movies or comic-book scenes, or would the reality be much different? That was the basic inspiration."
According to CelebrityNetWorth, McCracken's net worth is estimated to be $1 million.
McCracken got married to a fellow animator Lauren Faust in 2004. She has worked alongside McCracken in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Wander Over Yonder, and The Powerpuff Girls. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, in 2016.
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