Tom McGrath

Writer, director and artist Tom McGrath was one of the creative forces behind the wildly popular animated film "Madagascar" (2005) and its numerous sequels and spinoffs, while also providing the voice for one of its ... Read more »

Filmography

Actor (16)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 (Movie)

Odysseus (Voice)

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

Skipper (Voice)

Blowhole Strikes Back 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

Skipper (Actor)

Puss In Boots 2011 (Movie)

Bar Thief (Voice)

The Penguins of Madagascar 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Dr. Blowhole's Revenge 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

Megamind 2010 (Movie)

Lord Scott/Prison Guard (Voice)

The Lost Treasure of the Golden Squirrel 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 (Movie)

Wilson (Voice)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Skipper, Lemur (Actor)

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Gary (Actor)

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Artist (Actor)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

Skipper, Fossa, Panicky Man on Subway (Voice)

The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper 2005 (Movie)

Skippy (Voice)

Merry Madagascar (TV Show)

Voice
Director (6)

Boss Baby 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Megamind 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

RentaGhost (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Art Department (2)

Cats & Dogs 2001 (Movie)

(Storyboard Artist)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

(Storyboard Artist)
Producer (1)

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Imp, Inc. 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Animator
Other (1)

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

Creative Consultant (Consultant)

Biography

Writer, director and artist Tom McGrath was one of the creative forces behind the wildly popular animated film "Madagascar" (2005) and its numerous sequels and spinoffs, while also providing the voice for one of its most well-loved characters, the gung-ho penguin Skipper. Born August 7, 1964 in Lynwood, Washington, McGrath's interest in animation was sparked by the Saturday morning cartoon programming of the period. He initially pursued a degree in industrial design at the University of Washington, but left to follow a more creative path with the animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. After completing his studies with a number of former Disney animators, including Hal Ambro ("Cinderella," 1950), McGrath worked in various capacities for a number of major film and television projects, from animator on "Space Jam" (1996) and director for "Ren & Stimpy" (Nickelodeon, 1991-95) to prop designer for Ron Howard's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000). In 2005, he was given his first opportunity to serve as co-director and co-writer with Dreamworks Animation's "Madagascar," about a quartet of pampered zoo animals that must fend for themselves in Africa. Though the voice cast included such major stars as Ben Stiller and Chris Rock, McGrath's own performance as Skipper, the leader of a group of renegade penguins, earned a positive response from audiences. As a result, the characters were featured prominently in the sequels, "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" (2008), and "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (2012), both of which were directed by McGrath, Darnell and Conrad Vernon. McGrath also created, wrote and provided the voice for Skipper on two television efforts: the highly rated series "The Penguins of Madagascar" (Nickelodeon, 2008- ) and a special, "Merry Madagascar" (NBC, 2009). The success of the "Madagascar" franchise led to a dual career for McGrath: he made his debut as a solo filmmaker with the animated feature "Megamind" (2010), featuring the voices of Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, while also providing vocal turns for many of Dreamworks' animated efforts, including "Shrek the Third" (2007), "Monsters vs. Aliens" (2009), "Puss in Boots" (2011) and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (2014).

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