CARTOON MAKEOVER

GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY

As a follow-up to the massive success of Dexter's Laboratory, Genndy Tartakovsky wanted to create the best action-adventure cartoon ever. With Samurai Jack, Tartakovsky has created an animated television show that is cinematic in scope and that incorporates action, humor and intricate artistry.

Named one of Variety's "50 To Watch" as a future leader in the entertainment industry, Tartakovsky is the creator/writer/director of Dexter's Laboratory and co-creator of "Dial M For Monkey" and "Justice Friends." In addition to being voted Toon of the Year by Cartoon Network viewers in 1996, his first professional cartoon creation Dexter's Laboratory has received four Emmy® nominations and an Annie Award. Tartakovsky has been profiled by The New Yorker, called "one of the industry's rising stars" by People and was tapped as one of the most creative people in entertainment when he was named to Entertainment Weekly's "It List" in 1999. Tartakovsky also served as a producer and director on Cartoon Network's Emmy┬«-award winning series The Powerpuff Girls. In addition, Tartakovsky served as animation director for The Powerpuff Girls Movie. In 2003 he spearheaded the Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series on Cartoon Network.

Tartakovsky was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, until 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.