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(April 2018)

Craig McCracken
Birth Name:
Craig Douglas McCracken
Gender:   Male
Date of birth:
March 31, 1971 (age 52)
Place of birth:
Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States
Director, writer, cartoonist, creator of Wander Over Yonder
Characters portrayed:
The Sock in "The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!"
Other projects:
The Powerpuff Girls
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Kid Cosmic

Craig McCracken is the creator of Wander Over Yonder. He is the husband of Lauren Faust. He also created The Powerpuff Girls(1998) and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends(2004) for Cartoon Network and Kid Cosmic for Netflix. He voiced the sock in the episode "The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!".

Life and career[]


McCracken at San Diego Comic Con.

McCracken got involved with drawing at an early age. After he graduated from California High School in Whittier, California, he attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he honed his animation skills and met his classmate Genndy Tartakovsky, with whom he would occasionally collaborate throughout his career.

During his freshman year, he created a series of short, clippings of cartoons featuring a character named No Neck Joe, which were picked up by Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. While at CalArts, he also created a short entitled Whoopass Stew!, which would become the premier for The Powerpuff Girls.

In 1993, McCracken was tapped by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons to work as art director on 2 Stupid Dogs, as well as Tartakovsky's Dexter's Laboratory, both of which aired primarily on Cartoon Network in the United States. He began producing The Powerpuff Girls, which premiered as a short in 1995 on studio president Fred Seibert's animation incubator What a Cartoon!, and full half-hour episodes in 1998. The show has won both Emmy and Annie awards.

In 2004, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends began airing on Cartoon Network. This series also won many Emmy and Annie awards. In April 2008, he became executive producer of a new Cartoon Network showcase project called Cartoonstitute which later greenlit two future Cartoon Network shows, JG Quintel's Regular Show(2010-2017) and future Looney Tunes Cartoons creator Peter Browngardt's Uncle Grandpa(2013-2017).

After 15 years of employment, he resigned from Cartoon Network and created Wander Over Yonder for Disney Television Animation and Disney Channel in 2013. After 9 years of employment, he left and resigned from Disney in 2018 to make and develop Kid Cosmic(2021-2022) for Netflix which only lasted 5 years of employment but he was able to finish Kid Cosmic in its entirely. He returned to Cartoon Network in 2022 to executive produce and make two new reboots of The Powerpuff Girls(He would be more involved compared to the 2016 reboot where he was not involved at all) and a preschool reboot of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, both being produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, the studio behind The Amazing World of Gumball.

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Episodes he wrote[]

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Title Role
1992 Whoopass Stew! creator, director, writer, animator
1997 No Neck Joe creator, writer, director (made in 1990)
1998 Rude Removal storyboard artist
1999 Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip writer
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie creator, writer, director, executive producer, storyboard artist, character designer
2008 The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!! writer, director, executive producer, story editor, storyboard artist, character designer


Year Title Role
1993–1995 2 Stupid Dogs art director, storyboard artist
1995–1997 What a Cartoon! writer, director, art director
1995–1996 Dumb and Dumber character designer
1996–1998 Dexter's Laboratory director, art director, model designer, storyboard artist
1998–2005 The Powerpuff Girls creator, executive producer, writer, director
2004–2009 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends creator, executive producer, developer, writer, director, story editor
2009 Chowder writer, storyboard artist

Episode: The Birthday Suits

2013-2016 Wander Over Yonder creator, executive producer
Voice of the sock in "The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!".