Genndy Tartakovsky

cinema and television animator, director and producer

Genndy Tartakovsky (born 17 January 1970) is a Russian-American animator, writer and director known for creating shows on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim such as Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars and directing the first three Hotel Transylvania movies.[1]

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Tartakovsky was born Gennady Borisovich Tartakovsky (Russian: Геннадий Борисович Тартаковский ) on January 17, 1970, in Moscow, to Jewish parents. His father, Boris, worked as a dentist for government officials and the Soviet Union national ice hockey team.

Early lifeEdit

Genndy Tartakovsky was born in Moscow, Russia. He and his family moved to Chicago to escape communism. Genndy became a cartoonist and educated at CalArts. His favorite movies is Young Frankenstein, Star Wars, Airplane!, James Bond, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Romancing the Stone and Lady and the Tramp. His favorite music artists is The Buzzcocks, XTC and Pere Ubu.[2]


He would create Dexter's Laboratory at Cartoon Network. He worked alongside Craig McCracken to help him with The Powerpuff Girls. The success of both cartoons helped Genndy create Samurai Jack for the same broadcasting company. George Lucas contacted Genndy to make a Star Wars cartoon while doing Samurai Jack. Genndy shifted work between Adult Swim and Sony Pictures Animation. He directed the first three Hotel Transylvania movies and made a fifth season of Samurai Jack on Adult Swim. He would later create Primal, a prehistoric animated show with no spoken speech.



  1. "Genndy Tartakovsky Biography". Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  2. "Genndy Tartakovsky". Retrieved 2021-10-26.

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