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Jon McClenahan is an American animator, hailing from Chicago, Illinois.

Jon's career in animation began in 1980, This was when he was told of a job opening at Hanna-Barbera's Australian offices after 4 years of working as a truck driver. He and his family left for Sydney promptly to work at the studio. He started as an inbetweener, eventually climbing the ladder to direct the animation for animated adaptations for The Berenstain Bears and Teen Wolf.

His employment at HB Southern Star Studios (as it was called) ended in August 1987, when the studio was consolidated and sold off. After some time at Cioni Artworks, Jon started StarToons, his studio, located in Chicago. During this time, he did some of his best known works, including Tiny Toon Adventures (some Kennedy Cartoons animated episodes, and some of his own), Taz-Mania, and, ultimately, Animaniacs, for which he did most of the Slappy Squirrel shorts.

However, after completing work on the first season of Animaniacs, StarToons began sliding into a downwards spiral. Jon planned with one of his former background painters, an Indian named Uttam Kumar, to start an Indian animation house for StarToons (which was to be the first of its kind) only for Kumar to be found out as having undergone a Face Heel Turn during that time. Later, after a management change at Warner Bros. Animation (his client for nearly all of StarToons' work), Jon tried to get on good terms with new president Sander Schwartz, only to be accused of shipping the work to an overseas studio just because it was so different from what StarToons usually did. This was the death knell to StarToons, and Jon McClenahan was on his own again.

After a brief stint at Germany's Munich Animation, he became a director at Midway Games until 2006. After that, he had a two-year stint at Star Farm Productions.

Now, since 2008, Jon McClenahan once again has his own company, named Mack Hammer Productions, which mainly does storbboards and character designs for miscellaneous shows. However, he keeps a low profile, and he posts on the Toon Zone forums as Jonny Mack.



"Animaniacs" (22 episodes )
... aka "Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs" - USA (complete title)

H.M.S. Yakko/Slappy Goes Walnuts/Yakko's Universe Song (15 September 1993) - animation services (Startoons) , Director (segment "Slappy Goes Walnuts") 
Flipper Parody/Temporary Insanity/Operation: Lollipop/What Are We? (20 September 1993) - animation services (Startoons) 
The Warner's Lot Song/The Big Candy Store/Bumbie's Mom (22 September 1993) - Director (segments "The Big Candy Store" and "Bumbie's Mom") 
Meatballs or Consequences/A Moving Experience (7 October 1993) - animation services (Startoons) 
Be Careful What You Eat/Up the Crazy River/To Da Dump, to Da Dump, to Da Dump Dump Dump (15 October 1993) - animation services (Startoons) 
Chairman of the Bored/Planets Song/Astro-Buttons (2 November 1993) - animation services (Startoons) 
Critical Condition/The Three Muska-Warners (8 November 1993) - Director (segment "Critical Condition") 
Smitten with Kittens/Alas Poor Skullhead/White Gloves (11 November 1993) - series director 
Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter/Broadcast Nusiance/Raging Bird (15 November 1993) - animation services (Startoons) 
Mary Tyler Dot Song/Windsor Hassle/...And Justice for Slappy (19 November 1993) - Director (segment "And Justice for Slappy") (segment "Windsor Hassle") 
Oh, Oh, Ethel/Meet John Brain/Smell Ya Later/Spike (18 February 1994) - animation services (Startoons) 
Ragamuffins/Woodstock Slappy (1 March 1994) - Director (segment "Ragamuffins") 
Karaoke Dokie/The Cranial Crusader/The Chicken Who Loved Me (2 March 1994) - Director (segment "Karaoke Dokie") 
With Three You Get Eggroll/Mermaid Mindy/Katie Ka-Boom: Call Waiting (9 May 1994) - animation services (Startoons) 
I'm Mad/Bad Mood Bobby/Katie Ka-Boom: The Blemish/Fake (12 November 1994) - series director 
The Sound of Warners/Yabba Dabba Boo (18 November 1995) - storyboard artist 
Soccer Coach Slappy/Belly Button Blues/Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise/Valuable Lesson (3 February 1996) - model and prop designer , storyboard artist 
Wakko's 2-Note Song/Panama Canal/Hello Nurse/The Ballad of Magellan/The Return of the Great Wakkorotti/The Big Wrap Party Tonight (24 February 1996) - storyboard artist , Director (segments "The Return of the Great Wakkorotti", "The Big Wrap Party Tonight") 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock (7 September 1996) - storyboard artist , Director 
It/Dot: The Macadamia Nut/Bully for Skippy (13 September 1997) - animator (StarToons) , model and prop designer , timing director , model designer , sheet timing , storyboard artist , Director (segments "It", "Dot the Macadamia Nut", "Bully For Skippy") 
The Christmas Tree/Punchline: Part I/Prom Night/Punchline: Part II (25 April 1998) - timing director 
Magic Time/The Brain's Apprentice (9 May 1998) - model and prop designer , timing director , Director (segments "Magic Time", "The Brain's Apprentice") 

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