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.
August 7, 1964
Lynnwood, Washington, U.S.
|Occupation||Voice actor, animator, film director, screenwriter|
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. 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 (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.
|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 SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||No||No||No||Yes||Otto|
|2021||The Boss Baby 2||Yes||No||No||No|||
|TBA||The Magic School Bus||Yes||No||No||No|||
|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)
|2013||Madly Madagascar||Yes||Skipper (voice)|
|2014||Almost Home||Yes||Jeff (voice)|
|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|
|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.
- 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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