Tartakovsky was born in 1970, in Moscow. His father was a dentist who took care of the Russian hockey team. the Tartakovsky family lived well—they had a three–bedroom apartment. Tartakovsky has earned such a reputation that Star Wars asked him to create a 20–episode cartoon about the Star Wars characters. These stories ran on the spring of 2004, while Episode III, due in 2005, was being filmed. Genndy drawing figures from American comic books someone was selling, and that was the main thing that became interesting thing growing up. Tartakovsky did more than just watch animation. He also spent a fair amount of time drawing other figures from comic books. He created flip books by filling his notebooks with stick figures that dunked basketballs or ran in circles when the pages were turned quickly. After high school, Tartakovsky was accepted into the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. His father had recently died of a heart attack, so Tartakovsky stayed home to live with his mother. To support himself, he began working as a theater usher and as a cook at a restaurant. Tartakovsky working twice as hard.After he went back to school, Tartakovsky only attended this school for two years because that was all he could afford. Next, he found work in Madrid, Spain, drawing for the Batman television series. It is common in the cartoon industry for some of the production work to take place overseas. While away, Tartakovsky's mother died of cancer. In 1995, Dexter's Laboratory made its debut. The show ran through 2003 and earned several Emmy nominations. Tartakovsky, in fact, has been nominated for an Emmy eight times, though he has never won—and does not even mind. "I'd rather be nominated and lose than not nominated at all," he told Davenport in the Chicago Sun–Times."A nomination means acceptance by your peers. I don't get caught up on whether I win or lose. Besides, I'll take good ratings over an Emmy any day." In 2001, another Tartakovsky creation aired, called Samurai Jack, the cartoon follows a warrior, Jack, who has been banished to the future, only to find it dominated by a wicked alien force ruled by a demon named Aku. The show is populated with robots and aliens and strange creatures with magical attributes. The characters drive flying cars fortified with weapons they use in battle. The premise is that Jack is perpetually trying to find a way back home. While doing so, he is in constant battle with Aku. Unlike most cartoons, the show uses little dialogue—maybe two minutes in a 22–minute episode. The action–adventure series also proved to be an instant success. Over the years, Tartakovsky has had his hand on several other successes. He served as producer and director for the network's top–rated Powerpuff Girls series, Hotel Transylvania, Sym-Bionic Titan, How to Eat Fried Worms, Star Wars; Clone Wars animated series, The Flintstones: On the Rocks, and Korgoth of Barvaria. Also animated shorts like Chicken Scratch, The Big Sister, and Popeye.