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 and The Boss Baby.

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

(1964-08-07) August 7, 1964 (age 55)
OccupationVoice actor, animator, film director, screenwriter
Years active1988–present
EmployerDreamWorks Animation
Notable work
The Boss Baby
Brieanne Cameron (m. 2017)

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.


Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Art /
1992 Cool World No No Yes No animation designer
layout artist
1996 Space Jam No No Yes No animator
1998 Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie:
The Battle for Mount Olympus
No No Yes No key animator
layout artist
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas No No Yes No storyboard artist
2001 Cats & Dogs No No Yes No storyboard artist
2005 Madagascar Yes Yes No Yes Skipper
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
2010 Megamind Yes No No Yes Lord Scott
Prison Guard
2011 Puss in Boots No No No Yes Bar Thief
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Yes No No Yes Skipper
First Policeman
co-directed with Eric Darnell &
Conrad Vernon
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman No No No Yes Odysseus
2014 Penguins of Madagascar No No No Yes Skipper executive producer [3]
2017 The Boss Baby Yes No No Yes TV Chef [4][5]
2021 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run No No No Yes Otto
2021 The Boss Baby 2 Yes No No No [6]
TBA The Magic School Bus Yes No No No [7]

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Art /
Actor Role Notes
1988 The Thing What Lurked in the Tub Yes monster animator
1988 Lea Press on Limbs Yes (voice)
1993 The D.A.R.E. Report: The Land of Decisions and Choices Yes character layout
1995 The Louie N' Louie Show Yes Yes storyboard artist
1999 Herd Yes Fed No. 5 live-action role
2001 Imp, Inc. Yes animation layout
2005 The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper Yes Skipper (voice)
2009 Merry Madagascar Yes Yes Skipper (voice)
Additional voices
2013 Madly Madagascar Yes Skipper (voice)
2014 Almost Home Yes Jeff (voice)

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Director Art /
Actor Role Notes
1993-1996 The Ren & Stimpy Show Yes Yes director (2 episodes)
layout artist (21 episodes)
background designer (14 episodes)
storyboard artist (10 episodes)
1996 KaBlam! Yes Yes director & storyboard artist (segment "The Louie and Louie Show")
2008-2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Yes Yes Skipper (voice) 88 episodes
2014 All Hail King Julien Yes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Madagascar Skipper (voice) Uncredited
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
2009 Madagascar Kartz
2011 The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns – Again!
2012 Madagascar 3: The Video Game


  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 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. ^ 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". June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
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  7. ^ Galuppo, Mia (June 25, 2020). "Elizabeth Banks to Play Ms. Frizzle in Live-Action 'Magic School Bus' Movie". The Hollywood Reporter.

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