Genndy TartakovskyRussian creative (born “Gennady” and later simplified for America), helped spearhead Cartoon Network’s global dominance of the 1990s with major input in both Dexter’s Laboratory and Powerpuff Girl. Speaking to the Moscow Times in 2015, Tartakovsky said: “When we came [to the US]my father — who was a dentist for the USSR national ice hockey team — bought a television […] Every Saturday I would wake up at 6:30 am to watch Hanna-Barbera cartoons.” Ironically, in the ’90s Cartoon Network consisted of practically only Hanna-Barbera cartoons (like classic cartoons). Scooby-Doo), and Genndy Tartakovsky’s game-changing creations themselves will irrevocably change the network.
Enjoying a spectacular relationship with a broadcaster that would elevate both sides to legendary status, Tartakovsky’s level of work was almost non-existent, and in just 25 years he directed his first series of great cartoons. Dexter’s Laboratory. Dexter’s character originally came out of a very impressive short film Tartakovsky made in college — which was strong enough for CN to commission the entire show.
With major influences from comic books and Japanimation, his work for many years focused on outcasts and loners. Samurai Jackthe whole journey was spent alone, trying to find his way home; spear Main was a quiet widower who mourned his family; Dexter a hidden child genius (abused in one episode by another for his different accent); even Powerpuff Girl focuses on three very young girls who grow up ostracized from other youths, with powers they don’t always understand.
It’s rare that we write a list like this and every item included is a total slam dunk of a creation, but credit where it’s due: Genndy Tartakovsky has been doodling since the mid-’90s and driving the industry upwards with each new show.
6 Sym-Bionic Titan (2010-2011)
As the least famous on this list, Sym-Bionic Titan also perhaps the most cult. Canceled too soon after just one season, the series finds a princess, her bodyguard, and their robot sent to Earth to hide while their planet is being ravaged by the traitor, Modula. The premise of fish coming out of the water can be a little thin, especially without the “human” characters to root for, but SBT is ET through power Rangers, so the creature design each episode is a standout weekly show. In a career that abounds with unforgettable monsters, Tartakovsky designs some impressively different creatures in these 20 episodes. The voice cast is stacked with Tara Strong (aka Timmy Turner), Tom Kenny (aka SpongeBob), and John DiMaggio (aka Bender) all very prominent.
5 Prime (2019-)
Main is Tartokovsky’s most adult-themed work so far, and all the better for it. His dangerous world of sudden threats and almost silent heroes is similar to Samurai Jackbut Main take the show’s fortitude to violent extremes with a newfound appreciation for silent film, as this epic clash between humans, animals and nature unfolds before your very eyes. What starts as a revenge tale instantly turns into this artistic ‘character against nature’ type conflict as cavemen and dinosaurs try to survive. Before you know it, this series will wrap you in an extraordinary, deeply emotional, silent brilliance. In an interview with Polygon, Tartokovsky commented on the show’s use of silence:
“[P]people are forced to pay attention. Half the time, I know people texting or whatever they’re doing. So you can hear the radio show and you can still follow it, but if you don’t watch it, you won’t understand it at all. So we have screenings where people watch it and they forget they’re having lunch [and] they just sucked. So I think the gloom as you say, I want to say that it is clean. Over the years of doing everything we can focus on telling the story better and letting things relax and unfold.
4 Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005)
Before Star Wars: Clone Wars turned into an animated CGI series (and added the word It) in 2008, it was in the course of this very complicated two seasons (with ‘third season’ taking place on DVD). Set and released between Episode II: Clone Attackand Episode III: Sith’s Revengethis beginning Clone War released three minutes or more between Cartoon Network commercials. When put together, Clone War is an incredibly snappy and Emmy-winning take on a futuristic world, and gives more life to the background characters that appear in the prequel (Jedi Ki Adi Mundi and Kit Fisto are both given fantastic moments dedicated entirely to them, and General Grievous is a true threatening) and perfecting it. Canon in Star Wars series (controversially removed after Disney took over), we highly recommend watching this short but highly entertaining series if you want to broaden your view of the Skywalker saga.
3 Dexter’s Laboratory (1996-2003)
In the simplest dreams of a child, a genius boy has a secret lab on his bedroom bookshelf. Dexter’s Lab it technically ran from 1996-2003, although the second season ended in 1998 before returning in 2001 with a fairly jarring and disappointing update featuring new voice cast and animation styles, and without Tartakovsky for the last two seasons, the show feels like a shadow of itself. . Nonetheless, the first two seasons Dexter’s Laboratory helped strengthen the Cartoon Network brand, and the fantastic 1999 television film, ego trip (Cartoon Network’s first feature), will focus on the battle of wits between Dexter and Mandark as they team up with their future selves.
Episodes of the show have been held in the collective memory of a generation, including Dexter learning a line of French and becoming world famous for it (“Omelette du Fromage!”), and a mecha suit that shoots dodgeballs. Every single one of the Dexter family backers was amazing, even the annoying Dee Dee. What we want most now is hard-R . the late one Hank’s Action turn. Make it happen, Adult Swim!
2 Powerpuff Girls (1998-2005)
There is a parallel line between Powerpuff Girl and their brother Dexter – not only do they make insanely sly cameos on their respective shows, but both series are responsible for Cartoon Network’s ’90s gold rush, both have feature films, and both coincidentally aired 79 episodes in the series. their journey.
In an entertainment landscape completely overrun with today’s superheroes, Powerpuff Girl beat The Avengers with a punch. The Rogue gallery in this show is truly something else, and the lore behind characters like Mojo Jojo is deep. With attempts so far (thankfully) failing at the live action reboot earlier this year, it shows that the series still has a place in people’s hearts.
1 Samurai Jack (2001-2017)
Where do we even start with shows like Samurai Jack? In a perfect blend of Eastern ethics amongst Western gung-ho sensibilities, a Samurai is thrown into the future when he (behind him with a magic sword) is prophesied to be the only one capable of defeating the monstrous shapeshifting villain, I.
Samurai Jack really felt like something else when it happened. An overarching story that feels defined as its protagonist is largely unheard of in the cartoon landscape, which, outside of certain anime series, focuses solely on episodic storytelling rather than longer arcs. It feels like reaching the goal, Jack moving steadily towards Me while watching his now present evil from the future is a fish out of the water story with game-changing sci-fi and great action segments.
Samurai Jack has one of the greatest intros to the series ever and the evil Me, all ink-bodied and red-faced, has been a terrifying villain for centuries. Jack is back for another short but amazing run in 2017 that feels like a gift from Valhalla herself. Fun fact, Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas recorded the song for the intro to the original run.