Genndy Borisovich Tartakovsky (born Gennady Borisovich Tartakovsky, Russian: Геннадий Борисович Тартаковский) is a cartoonist made famous for his first project, Dexter's Laboratory, and is the creator of Samurai Jack and Sym-Bionic Titan. Born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, he came to the U.S. as a child and when he was a young man, he studied at CalArts to learn animation.
Before working at Cartoon Network, his first job in animation was on an episode of Tiny Toons Adventures (the show that would later succeed to the Animaniacs). His first job at Cartoon Network was on 2 Stupid Dogs (created by Donovan Cook) and since the has been one of the pioneers of Cartoon Cartoons (others include Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti, John R. Dilworth, Danny Antonucci, Max Atoms, David Feiss, Van Partible, and so on).
Genndy also helped out on The Powerpuff Girls, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Star Wars: Clone Wars (not related to the 3D animated series), and Duck Dodgers. The most recent show he made for Cartoon Network is Sym-Bionic Titan, which he proclaims to be "the most challenging project I have ever done." He wanted to do a second season, but CN cancelled the show because it "didn't have enough toys connected to it."
Other than shows, Genndy is also involved in movies. He served as an animation director in The Powerpuff Girls Movie and How to Eat Fried Worms. In 2012, he made his theatrical debut as director with Hotel Transylvania and its two sequels.
After the programming of Samurai Jack that ran on Cartoon Network ended from 2001 till 2004, he was planning on making a Samurai Jack film, however because of the lackluster performance of The Powerpuff Girls Movie, the idea of a Samurai Jack film has been scrapped.
He attended Comic Con 2016 where he pitched the show.
In 2017, he returned for the final and fifth season of Samurai Jack where he continued as director, writer, storyboard artist, producer, and executive producer.