Elmer Earl "Butch" Hartman IV (born January 10, 1965) is an American animator, executive producer, animation director, storyboard artist, producer, and creator of the hit animated series, The Fairly OddParents, as well as Danny Phantom and TUFF Puppy. He was also a part-time actor in the 1980s. He also voices various characters, such as the Mr. Tang of Trixie Tang, the school bus driver, Dr. Rip Studwell, and the farmer on TV. Butch Hartman has been writing, directing, and story boarding episodes since the "Oh Yeah! Cartoons" animated shorts. Since he was very young he has loved drawing and one day at school he drew a very good picture, which the teacher displayed on the board. Butch Hartman was born at Highland Park, Michigan, U.S. in January 10 1965. All of his three shows employ the same style that involves thick outlines and thin in lines as well as the "flat-chinned children" and "Hartman Hips" drawing system. This style was inspired by that of the Hanna-Barbera Animation Company which he worked for.
- Butch is friends with Seth MacFarlane, the creator of three animated series from Fox Studios. In fact, Seth even named a character after Butch in one of his series, "Family Guy".
- In 2012, Hartman served as an animation director to team up with Sony Pictures Animation to bring Tonka and ALF to the big screen.