Tom McGrath (animator)
Thomas McGrath (born August 7, 1964) is an American voice actor, animator, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for co-directing the DreamWorks animated film Madagascar with Eric Darnell. The film later spawned three sequels and an animated series. McGrath also stepped in on Flushed Away to help make improvements prior to its release. He has also directed other DreamWorks animated films such as Megamind, The Boss Baby and its 2021 sequel.
August 7, 1964
Lynnwood, Washington, U.S.
|Occupation||Voice actor, animator, film director, screenwriter|
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. McGrath's experience in both television and feature animation includes work as an animator on Cool World and Space Jam, storyboard artist and director for The Ren and Stimpy Show, and storyboard artist on the live action film Cats & Dogs. He also worked as a storyboard artist, concept artist and prop and set designer for How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
McGrath made his film directing debut as the co-director and co-writer of Madagascar along with Eric Darnell, where he also voiced the leader of the squad of penguin characters, Skipper. He reprised his role as Skipper and co-directed and co-wrote the sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. He also worked on The Penguins of Madagascar, a spin-off TV series, as a creative consultant and as the voice of Skipper. He directed Megamind, released in November 2010.
|1992||Cool World||No||No||Yes||No||animation designer|
|1998||Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie:
The Battle for Mount Olympus
|2000||How the Grinch Stole Christmas||No||No||Yes||No||storyboard artist|
|2001||Cats & Dogs||No||No||Yes||No||storyboard artist|
Panicky Man on Subway
|co-directed with Eric Darnell|
|2006||Flushed Away||No||No||No||Yes||Action Figure
|2007||Shrek the Third||No||No||No||Yes||Gary|
|2008||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Skipper
|co-directed with Eric Darnell|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||No||No||No||Yes||Wilson|
|2011||Puss in Boots||No||No||No||Yes||Bar Thief|
|2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Yes||No||No||Yes||Skipper
|co-directed with Eric Darnell &|
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||No||No||No||Yes||Odysseus|
|2014||Penguins of Madagascar||No||No||No||Yes||Skipper||executive producer |
|2017||The Boss Baby||Yes||No||No||Yes||TV Chef|||
|2021||The Boss Baby: Family Business||Yes||Yes||No||No||Dr. Tiffany Hamilton||executive producer|
Story co-written by Michael McCullers
|1988||The Thing What Lurked in the Tub||No||No||Yes||No||monster animator|
|1988||Lea Press on Limbs||No||No||No||Yes||(voice)|
|1993||The D.A.R.E. Report: The Land of Decisions and Choices||No||No||Yes||No||character layout|
|1995||The Louie N' Louie Show||Yes||No||Yes||No||storyboard artist|
|1999||Herd||No||No||No||Yes||Fed No. 5||live-action role|
|2001||Imp, Inc.||No||No||Yes||No||animation layout|
|2005||The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper||No||No||No||Yes||Skipper (voice)|
|2009||Merry Madagascar||No||Yes||No||Yes||Skipper (voice)
|2013||Madly Madagascar||No||No||No||Yes||Skipper (voice)|
|2014||Almost Home||No||No||No||Yes||Jeff (voice)|
|1993-1996||The Ren & Stimpy Show||Yes||Yes||No||No||director (1 episode)|
layout artist (21 episodes)
background designer (14 episodes)
storyboard artist (10 episodes)
|1996||KaBlam!||Yes||Yes||No||No||director & storyboard artist (segment "The Louie and Louie Show")|
|1998||Oh Yeah! Cartoons||No||Yes||No||No||background designer (segment "A Cop and His Donut")|
|2008-2015||The Penguins of Madagascar||No||No||Yes||Yes||Skipper (voice)||88 episodes|
|2014||All Hail King Julien||No||No||Yes||No|
|2008||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa|
|2011||The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns – Again!|
|2012||Madagascar 3: The Video Game|
- DreamWorks Animation. "Madagascar 3 Europe's Most Wanted – Production Information" (PDF). Festival Cannes. p. 17. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- 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.
- Vary, Adam B. (July 12, 2012). "DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel: Caveman families and penguin movies!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
- Rechtshaffen, Michael (March 12, 2017). "'The Boss Baby': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
- "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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