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.

Tom McGrath
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McGrath at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Thomas McGrath

(1964-08-07) August 7, 1964 (age 56)
OccupationVoice actor, animator, film director, screenwriter
Years active1988–present
EmployerDreamWorks Animation
Notable work
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 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[2] 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.

In 2017, he directed The Boss Baby, and has also directed the 2021 sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business.


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 Boss Baby: Family Business Yes Yes No No Dr. Tiffany Hamilton executive producer
Story co-written by Michael McCullers[6]

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Art /
Actor Role Notes
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)
Additional voices
2013 Madly Madagascar No No No Yes Skipper (voice)
2014 Almost Home No No No Yes Jeff (voice)

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Director Art /
Actor Role Notes
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

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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