HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION
Award-winning animation visionary GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY
(Director / Co-Writer / Blobby / Blobby
Baby) most recently directed Sony Pictures Animation's short film Puppy! and the
Hotel Transylvania 2; the film set a new record for highest September opening of
all time at the U.S.
Tartakovsky made his feature film directorial debut in 2012 with Sony
Pictures Animation's monster
box office smash and Golden Globe nominee Hotel Transylvania. He also directed
and animated a spinoff
short film, Goodnight Mr. Foot, which debuted in select U.S. theaters in October
2012 and on Bluray
in January 2013.
A 20-year veteran of the art, Tartakovsky has received an impressive 15
Primetime Emmy Award
nominations and been awarded three Emmys for work on the series Star Wars: Clone
Wars and Samurai Jack, both for Cartoon Network. Named one of Variety's 50 to
Watch as a future
leader in the entertainment industry, Tartakovsky has been called "one of the
industry's rising stars"
by People magazine and has been tapped as one of the most creative people in
entertainment when he
was named to Entertainment Weekly's It List. He is also the recipient of the
prestigious Winsor McCay
Award in recognition for outstanding career contributions to the art of
Tartakovsky's creative leadership helped shape the direction and the rise to
national prominence of
the Cartoon Network, where he developed four hit animated series between 1994
and 2010: Dexter's
Laboratory; Samurai Jack; Star Wars: Clone Wars; and Sym-Biotic Titan. He
created the critically
acclaimed Samurai Jack as a follow-up project to the massive success of Dexter's
Laboratory, his first
professional cartoon creation, on which he served as creator/writer/director.
Samurai Jack originated
from his desire to create the best action-adventure cartoon ever-and the result
was an animated
action television show that is cinematic in scope and that incorporates action,
humor and intricate
artistry. A two-time juried Primetime Emmy Award winner for layout and
production design, Samurai
Jack is a perennial critic and audience favorite.
Tartakovsky was hand-selected by George Lucas and Lucasfilm Ltd. in 2003 to
create Star Wars: Clone
Wars, a one-of-a-kind 20-episode "microseries" that continued the saga where the
film Star Wars: Episode II Attack Of The Clones left off. His cartoon
creation-the first-ever animated
property involving the leading Star Wars characters-covered the beginning of the
Clone Wars, an epic
civil war that pitted the old Republic against a vast separatist movement led by
the forces of evil.
Tartakovsky is also the creator/director for the series Sym-Bionic Titan,
which debuted on the Cartoon
Network in September 2010. Sym-Biotic Titan is the third animated series that
Genndy has created in
partnership with Cartoon Network, after Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack.
Additionally, Tartakovsky served as a producer and director on Cartoon
Network's Emmy Award-winning
series The Powerpuff Girls and as an animation director for The Powerpuff Girls:
The Movie. He
is also co-creator of the Network's Dial M for Monkey and Justice Friends.
In addition to his success in television production, Tartakovsky has also
been acclaimed internationally
at film festivals - winning top honors at Ottawa, Annecy and Cartoons on the
Bay. He started
Orphanage Animation Studios in 2005, where he has directed numerous well-known
and was instrumental in conceptualizing and storyboarding the final action
sequence on Paramount
Pictures' summer 2010 blockbuster film Iron Man 2.
Tartakovsky was born and raised in Moscow, Russia ("I'm still fluent in
Russian, but it gets a little worse
every year!" Genndy admits jokingly). His family first moved to Italy before
coming to the United
States, first in Columbus, OH when he was seven years old then Chicago, IL two
years later. After high
school, Genndy studied film at Chicago's Columbia College before moving to Los
Angeles to study
animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). At CalArts he wrote,
directed, produced and
animated two student films. One of his student films, which was selected for the
Show, was the basis for Dexter's Laboratory.
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