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Thomas McGrath (born August 7, 1964) is an American voice actor, animator and film director. He is known for co-directing (with Eric Darnell) the 2005 comedy Madagascar and its sequels, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa in 2008 and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted in 2012, also providing the voice of Skipper in all films, short films and The Penguins of Madagascar television series. He has also worked as a voice actor on other DreamWorks Animation features like Flushed Away in 2006 and Shrek the Third in 2007. He also stepped in on Flushed Away to help make improvements prior to its release. He has also directed the DreamWorks films Megamind and The Boss Baby, earning a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for the latter.

Tom McGrath
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McGrath at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting The Boss Baby
Born
Thomas McGrath

(1964-08-07) August 7, 1964 (age 55)
OccupationVoice actor, animator, film director, screenwriter
Years active1988–present
EmployerDreamWorks Animation
Notable work
Madagascar (franchise)
Megamind
The Boss Baby

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Life and careerEdit

McGrath was born and raised in Lynnwood, Washington. He studied Industrial Design at the University of Washington and graduated from the Character Animation program at Cal Arts.[1] McGrath's experience in both television and feature animation includes work as an animator on Ralph Bakshi's film Cool World (starring Brad Pitt), storyboard artist and director for the popular series The Ren and Stimpy Show, animator on the Joe Pytka-directed Space Jam (starring Michael Jordan), and storyboard artist on the live action film Cats & Dogs and worked as storyboard artist and concept artist/prop and set designer for How the Grinch Stole Christmas (directed by Ron Howard).

McGrath made his film directing debut as the co-director, writer and co-creator of Madagascar[2] (along with Eric Darnell), where he also created the memorable squad of penguin characters and voiced their leader, Skipper. He also reprised his role as Skipper and co-directed and co-wrote the sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He worked on The Penguins of Madagascar, a Madagascar spin-off TV series, as the voice of Skipper, and directed the DreamWorks animated feature Megamind (starring Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and David Cross), released in November 2010.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2005 Madagascar Yes Yes Co-directed with Eric Darnell
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Yes Yes
2010 Megamind Yes No
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Yes No Co-directed with Eric Darnell and Conrad Vernon
2014 Penguins of Madagascar[3] No Uncredited Based on the characters created by;
Also executive producer
2017 The Boss Baby[4][5] Yes No
2021 The Boss Baby 2[6] Yes No

AnimatorEdit

Year Title Notes
1988 The Thing What Lurked in the Tub
1992 Cool World Also animation designer
Layout artist
1996 Space Jam
1998 Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie:
The Battle for Mount Olympus
Also layout artist

Storyboard artistEdit

Other creditsEdit

Year Title Notes
2006 Flushed Away Creative consultant
2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Special thanks

Acting rolesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Herd Fed No. 5 Live-action role
2005 Madagascar Skipper, Panicky Man on Subway, Fossa
2006 Flushed Away Action figure
artist
2007 Shrek the Third Gary
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Skipper
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Wilson
2010 Megamind Lord Scott
Prison Guard
2011 Puss in Boots Bartender
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Skipper
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Odysseus
Penguins of Madagascar[7] Skipper
2017 The Boss Baby[4][8] TV chef

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Notes
1994–96 The Ren & Stimpy Show Director;
Storyboard artist;
Layout artist;
Background designer
1996 KaBlam! Director;
Storyboard artist
2008–15 The Penguins of Madagascar Creator;
Writer;
Creative consultant
2009 Merry Madagascar Writer
2013 Madly Madagascar

Acting rolesEdit

Year Title Role
2008–15 The Penguins of Madagascar Skipper
2009 Merry Madagascar Skipper;
Additional voices
2013 Madly Madagascar Skipper

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DreamWorks Animation. "Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted – Production Information" (PDF). Festival Cannes. p. 17. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Keeping Control of the Zoo Tom McGrath Directs Madagascar to Laughs by Sara Michelle Fetters. Archived March 28, 2006, at the Wayback Machine MovieFreak.com. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  3. ^ Vary, Adam B. (July 12, 2012). "DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel: Caveman families and penguin movies!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Rechtshaffen, Michael (March 12, 2017). "'The Boss Baby': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Dates Set for Madagascar 4, The Croods 2, Puss in Boots 2, Captain Underpants, and Hitman". ComingSoon.net. June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  6. ^ https://deadline.com/2019/05/tom-mcgrath-is-back-to-direct-boss-baby-2-jeff-hermann-to-produce-for-dreamworks-animation-1202616791/
  7. ^ Vary, Adam B. (July 12, 2012). "DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel: Caveman families and penguin movies!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "Dates Set for Madagascar 4, The Croods 2, Puss in Boots 2, Captain Underpants, and Hitman". ComingSoon.net. June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.

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