Genndy Tartakovsky’s Top 10 Projects, Ranked According To IMDb


Genndy Tartakovsky is rightfully considered to be a master of modern animation. These are what IMDb users think are his best hits, so far.

Although he’s known mostly for his work on animated features, Gennady Tartakovsky is also a prolific writer, designer, and producer. He’s been involved in a variety of projects that date back to the ’90s and include a mix of artistic daring and ground-breaking storytelling. Some of his more recent projects include the Hotel Transylvania franchise and the critically acclaimed TV series, Primal.

There’s a huge variety of projects that Tartakovsky has in his portfolio, and his resume includes short films and video games in addition to television shows and feature films. He’s responsible for most of the most popular and memorable Cartoon Network shows dating back almost 30 years. IMDb has a handy catalog of everything he’s worked on, and fans have rated many of them.

10 Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005) – 7.8

Tartakovsky Clone Wars Obi Wan Kenobi and ANakin Skywalker

Officially, it’s not considered canon, partly because it contradicts some of the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars from 2008. That doesn’t keep Star Wars: Clone Wars from being both a fan and critic favorite. Genndy wears a number of hats here, acting as a Producer and Writer along with working in the animation department.

It was this show that connected Tartakovsky’s name with his unique, angular animation style that was also in previous work like Dexter’s Laboratory and would appear again later in Samurai Jack.

9 The Critic (1994-1995)- 7.9

Does anyone know what an animation timer is? Well, it was the job Tartakovsky had for the five episodes of The Critic. It’s an obscure but critical role that consists of counting the frame rates per second and making sure they synch up with the music and voices.

This is another early entry, dating all the way back to the Cartoon Network days of the early ’90s when Tarkovsky was filling several diverse roles.

8 Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994-2008) – 7.9

A cult classic that wavers somewhere between experimental comedy and a wacky cartoon for grown-ups, Space Ghost Coast to Coast is one of the earliest shows with Genndy’s name on it. It was a Cartoon Network original series that brought a vintage superhero into the future with his own talk show. For those out there that are fans of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the main characters got their start as guests on his show. In fact, that’s the role that Genndy plays in the episode, “President’s Day Nightmare/1st Annual World Premiere Toon-In.”

He was working on Two Stupid Dogs at the time, another feature in Cartoon Network’s lineup, and he appears as himself in episode one, Season 2 of Space Ghost. Genndy competes with four other animation directors in a contest similar to a beauty pageant as part of the zany talk show’s plot.

7 Duck Dodgers (2003-2005) – 7.8

This as the first time in his whole career that Genndy had voiced a character in an animated series, also a shock given his vast experience in the genre by this time in 2004. It’s fitting that his first attempt would be a reference to his most beloved creation. He wouldn’t voice a character again until Hotel Transylvania 3 in 2014 when he played three characters, but with very few, simple lines.

6 Dexter’s Laboratory (1996-2003) – 7.9

5 Sym-Bionic Titan (2010-2011) – 8.2

4 Steven Universe (2013-2020) – 8.2

3 Samurai Jack (2001-2017) – 8.5

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2 Primal (2019- ) – 8.7

1 Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995) – 9.0


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Kristy Ambrose has been writing professionally since 2010. She dabbles in various genres, including everything from short blog posts to serialized novels. Her inspiration comes from gamers, beachcombers, foodies and of course her fellow travelers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Victoria.

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