Genndy Borisovich TartakovskyGenndy Borisovich Tartakovsky (born January 17, 1970) is a Soviet-born American animator,director and producer. Although his Russian name Геннадий is normally transliterated asGennady or Gennadiy, he changed its spelling to Genndy after moving from Russia to theUS. He is best known for the Cartoon Networks animated television series, includingDexters Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Sym-Bionic Titan. In 2011,Tartakovsky has joined Sony Pictures Animation, where he directed his feature film debut,Hotel Transylvania, and is directing an animated film based on Popeye.Craig McCracken acquired an art director job at Hanna-Barbera for the show 2 Stupid Dogsand recommended hiring Robert Renzetti and Tartakovsky as well. This was a major turningpoint in Tartakovskys career. Hanna-Barbera let Tartakovsky, McCracken, Renzetti, and PaulRudish work in a trailer in the parking lot of the studio, and there, Tartakovsky startedcreating his best known works. Dexters Laboratory grew out of a student film with the sametitle that he produced while at the California Institute of the Arts. Tartakovksy also co-wroteand pencilled the 25th issue of the Dexters Laboratory comic book series, titled "StubbleTrouble". Additionally, he helped produce The Powerpuff Girls and has directed manyepisodes, serving as the animation director for The Powerpuff Girls Movie. All three projectswere nominated repeatedly for Emmy Awards, with Samurai Jack finally winning"Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)" in 2004 – thesame year he would win in the category for Outstanding Animated Program (forProgramming One Hour or More) for Star Wars: Clone Wars.
Dexter’s LaboratoryDexters Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series createdby Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows a boy-genius named Dexterwho has a secret laboratory filled with an endless collection of his inventions. He constantlybattles his annoying sister Dee Dee, who always gains access to his lab despite his efforts tokeep her out, as well as his arch-rival and neighbor, Mandark.Tartakovsky first pitched the series to Hanna-Barberas animated shorts showcase WorldPremiere Toons, basing it on student films he produced at CalArts. Three shorts werecreated and broadcast on Cartoon Network in 1995 and 1996 until viewer approval ratingsconvinced the network to order a 13-episode first season, which premiered on April 28,1996. By 1999, 52 episodes and a television movie were produced. In 2001, the networkrevived the series under a different production team at Cartoon Network Studios sinceSeason 1, and after 26 more episodes, the series finally ended on November 20, 2003.ReceptionSince its debut Dexters Laboratory has been one of Cartoon Networks most successfuloriginal series being the networks highest-rated series in both 1996 and 1997. By 1998 thecharacter Dexter was popular enough to be featured for the first time alongside many othericonic characters in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The show was also part of thereason for Cartoon Networks ratings surge over the summer of 1999. Dexters Laboratorycontinued to be popular throughout the 2000s, and with it, on July 31, it scored the highesthousehold rating and delivery of any Cartoon Network telecast in 2001. Dexters Laboratory,along with The Powerpuff Girls, was also the networks highest-rated original series of 2002.One of Cartoon Network president Betty Cohens favorite animated shows was DextersLaboratory. Rapper Coolio has also said that he is a fan of the show and was happy to do asong for the shows soundtrack at Cartoon Networks request, stating, "I watch a lot ofcartoons because I have kids. I actually watch more cartoons than movies. "In a 2012 top 10list by Entertainment Weekly, Dexters Laboratory was ranked as the fourth best CartoonNetwork show. In 2009 Dexters Laboratory was named the 72nd best animated series byIGN, with editors remarking, "While aimed at and immediately accessible to children,Dexters Laboratory was part of a new generation of animated series that played on twolevels, simultaneously fun for both kids and adults."
Danny AntonucciDaniel Edward "Danny" Antonucci (born February 27, 1957) is a Canadian animator,director, producer and screenwriter who created the animated comedy series Ed, Edd nEddy, Lupo the Butcher, Cartoon Sushi and The Brothers Grunt.Antonucci dropped out of the Sheridan College of Visual Arts to take a job as an animator atHanna-Barbera, where he worked on a number of series, including The Flintstones ComedyHour, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Smurfs and Richie Rich. He continued his career inVancouver, where he worked on animated shorts and television commercials for RocketshipLimited, and created his first solo work, the animated short Lupo the Butcher. At MTV, hework on a number of commercials, his series The Brothers Grunt, and the animationshowcase program Cartoon Sushi, which he co-created with Keith Alcorn. He went on tocreate Ed, Edd n Eddy for Cartoon Network. In 2008, Antonucci signed to Wild Brain.Throughout his career, Antonucci won a number of awards. Many of his commercials forConverse, ESPN and Levi’s won a number of awards. Lupo the Butcher was a successfulshort and is considered to be a cult-classic. Ed, Edd n Eddy, his work by which he is bestknown, remains one of Cartoon Networks most successful series to date.
Ed Edd n EddyEd, Edd n Eddy is a Canadian-American animated comedy television series created by DannyAntonucci and produced by Canada-based a.k.a. Cartoon. It premiered on Cartoon Networkon January 4, 1999. The series was designed to resemble classic cartoons from the 1940s tothe 1970s, and revolves around three adolescent boys, Ed, Edd "Double D" and Eddy,collectively known as "the Eds", who live in a suburban cul-de-sac. Unofficially led by Eddy,the Eds constantly invent schemes to make money from their peers to purchase theirfavorite confectionery, jawbreakers. Their plans usually fail, leaving them in variouspredicaments.Adult cartoonist Antonucci was dared to create a children cartoon; while designing acommercial, he conceived Ed, Edd n Eddy, and approached Cartoon Network andNickelodeon with the series, but both channels demanded creative control, which Antonuccidid not agree to. A deal was ultimately made for Cartoon Network to commission Ed, Edd nEddy, after they agreed to let Antonucci have control of the show.Ratings and ReceptionEd, Edd n Eddy attracted an audience of 31 million households, was broadcast in 29countries, and was popular among both children and adults. It was Cartoon Networks mostpopular show among boys ages 2–11. In 2005, it was reported that Ed, Edd n Eddy was thenumber one rated show on Cartoon Network and basic cable with huge awareness, beingknown to 79% of children age 6–11. The series ran for nearly 11 years, making it the longest-running original Cartoon Network series and Canadian-made animated series to date. It isone of the longest-running United States animated series.Ed, Edd n Eddy received generally positive reviews from critics. David Cornelius consideredthe Eds to be adolescent equivalents of The Three Stooges, believing that "the series revelsin the sort of frantic, often gross humor kids love so much, and theres just enough oddballinsanity at play to make adults giggle just as easily." Cornelius also wrote that the"animation is colorful and intentionally bizarre; bold lines forming the characters andbackgrounds wiggle and morph in a delirious haze. This is animation thats, well, reallyanimated."
Looney TunesLooney Tunes is a Warner Bros. series of theatrical cartoon shorts. It was produced from1930 to 1969 during the Golden Age of American animation, alongside Warner Bros. othertheatrical cartoon series, Merrie Melodies. The series featured some of the most famouscartoon characters in the history of animation, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pigand Tweety Bird among many others. The characters themselves are commonly referred toas the "Looney Tunes." The name Looney Tunes is a variation on Silly Symphonies, the nameof Walt Disneys concurrent series of music-based cartoon shorts. From 1942 until 1969,Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were the most popular cartoon shorts in theaters,exceeding Disney and other popular competitors.Since its first official release, 1930s Sinkin in the Bathtub, Looney Tunes has become aworldwide media franchise, spawning several television series, films, comics, music albums,video games and amusement park rides. Many of the characters have made and continue tomake cameo appearances in various other television shows, films and advertisements. Themost popular Looney Tunes character, Bugs Bunny, is regarded as a cultural icon and hasappeared in more films than any other cartoon character. Several Looney Tunes shorts areregarded as some of the greatest animated cartoons of all time. Many of the shorts werenominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, with two of them winningthe award (For Scent-imental Reasons and Knighty Knight Bugs), and the short Porky inWackyland has been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.In the beginning both Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies drew their storylines fromWarners vast music library. From 1934 to 1943, Merrie Melodies were produced in colorand Looney Tunes in black and white. After 1943, however, both series were produced incolor and became virtually indistinguishable, with the only stylistic difference being in thevariation between the opening theme music and titles. Both series also made use of thevarious Warner Bros. cartoon characters. By 1937, the theme music for Looney Tunes was"The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin; the theme music forMerrie Melodies was an adaptation of "Merrily We Roll Along" by Charles Tobias, MurrayMencher and Eddie Cantor.
Ken HarrisKen Harris was born in Tulare Co. California. His first job as an animator was for the LosAngeles Herald Examiner, where he worked from 1927 to the 1930s. Harriss bestremembered work was at Warner Bros. Cartoons under the supervision of director ChuckJones; this association began in 1936 and lasted until 1962. Jones described him as "... avirtuoso. Ken Harris did it all."After Jones left Warners, Harris worked with former animator Phil Monroe on two cartoonsbefore Warner Bros. closed its cartoon department. In 1963, Harris worked briefly for FrizFreleng on the titles of “The Pink Panther”, then for Hanna-Barbera on their first feature film“Hey There Its Yogi Bear!” Then rejoined Jones at M-G-M for three years. After work as ananimator on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Which was directed by Jones, a longtimefriend of Dr. Seuss — Harris came to the studio of independent animator Richard Williams inLondon? There he served as Williams mentor as well as his employee. Harriss credits withhim included “A Christmas Carol”as animator of Ebenezer Scrooge, the opening titles of“The Return of the Pink Panther”, and the still-unfinished animated feature “The Thief” andthe Cobbler (animating the Thief of the title, which is very reminiscent of Harriss earlierwork animating Wile E. Coyote for Jones).Among the many scenes Harris has animated: Mama Bear doing an outrageous tap-dance(which Chuck Jones, who directed the cartoon, and who was Harris longtime collaborator,has said was inspired by Mike Maltese, "who could really dance that way") in A Bear ForPunishment; Wile E. Coyote consuming earthquake pills in Hopalong Casualty; as well as thelengthy dance sequence in Whats Opera, Doc?.The animator died on March 24, 1982, from Parkinsons disease in Los Angeles, California.
Tom and JerryTom and Jerry is a series of theatrical animated cartoon films created by William Hanna andJoseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, centering on a rivalry between a cat (Tom) and amouse (Jerry) whose chases involved comic violence. Hanna and Barbera ultimately wrote,produced and directed 114 Tom and Jerry shorts at MGM cartoon studios in Hollywoodfrom 1940 to 1957. The original series is notable for having won seven Academy Awards,tying with Walt Disneys Silly Symphonies as the theatrical animated series with the mostOscars. A longtime television staple, Tom and Jerry has a worldwide audience and has beenrecognized as one of the most famous and longest-lived rivalries in American cinema. In2000, Time magazine named Tom and Jerry one of the greatest television shows of all time.The series features comedic fights between an iconic set of enemies, a house cat andmouse. The plots of each short usually center on Toms numerous attempts to capture Jerryand the mayhem and destruction that ensues. Tom rarely succeeds in catching Jerry, mainlybecause of Jerrys cleverness, cunning abilities, and luck. Despite this, there are also severalinstances within the cartoons where they display genuine friendship and concern for eachothers well-being. Other times, the pair set aside their rivalry in order to pursue a commongoal, such as when a baby escaped the watch of a negligent teen babysitter, causing Tomand Jerry to pursue the baby and keep it away from danger.The cartoons are infamous for some of the most violent cartoon gags ever devised intheatrical animation, such as Jerry slicing Tom in half, shutting his head in a window or adoor, Tom using everything from axes, firearms, explosives, traps and poison to try tomurder Jerry, Jerry stuffing Toms tail in a waffle iron and a mangle, kicking him into arefrigerator, plugging his tail into an electric socket, pounding him with a mace, club ormallet, causing a tree or an electric pole to drive him into the ground, sticking matches intohis feet and lighting them, tying him to a firework and setting it off, and so on. Because ofthis, Tom and Jerry has often been criticized as excessively violent. Despite the frequentviolence, there is no blood or gore in any scene.
Gene DeitchEugene Merril "Gene" Deitch (born August 8, 1924) is an American illustrator, animator andfilm director. He has been based in Prague, capital of Czechoslovakia and the present-dayCzech Republic, since 1959. His film Munro won an Academy Award for Animated ShortFilm in 1961, the first short composed outside of the United States to be so honored. Since1968, Deitch has been the leading animation director for the Connecticut organizationWeston Woods/Scholastic, adapting childrens picture books. His studio is located in Praguenear the Barrandov studios where many major films were recorded. In 2003, he was awardedthe "Annie" by ASIFA Hollywood for a lifetime contribution to the art of animation.In 1960, Deitch and Rembrandt Films, after collaborating in a pool of producers that madethe Popeye 1960s season for television by King Features, arranged a deal with MGM torevive the Tom and Jerry franchise overseas in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Deitch states that,being a member of the UPA, he has always had a personal dislike of Tom and Jerry, citingthem as the "primary bad example of senseless violence - humor based on pain - attack andrevenge - to say nothing of the tasteless use of a headless black woman stereotype houseservant." Štěpán Koníček, a student of Karel Ančerl and conductor of the Film SymphonyOrchestra, and Václav Lídl provided the musical score for the Deitch short, while LarzBourne, Chris Jenkyns, and Eli Bauer wrote the cartoons. The majority of vocal effects andvoices in Deitchs films were provided by Allen Swift.Since the Deitch/Snyder team had seen only a handful of the original Tom and Jerry shorts,and since Deitch and Snyder produced their cartoons on a tighter budget of $10,000, theresulting films were considered unusual, and, in many ways, bizarre. The characters gestureswere often performed at high speed, frequently causing heavy motion blur. As a result, theanimation of the characters looked choppy and sickly. The soundtracks featured sparse music,futuristic sound effects, dialogue that was mumbled rather than spoken, and heavy use ofreverb. Fans that typically rooted for Tom criticized Deitchs cartoons for never having Tombecome a threat to Jerry. Most of the time, Tom only attempts to hurt him when he gets in hisway. Toms new owner, a corpulent and grumpy middle-aged white man (with serious temperproblems, often going red in the face similar to Deitchs earlier "Clint Clobber" character atTerrytoons), was also more graphically brutal in punishing Toms mistakes as compared toMammy Two-Shoes, such as beating and thrashing Tom repeatedly, searing his face with agrill and forcing Tom to drink an entire carbonated beverage.