Born in 1945, Leunig attended Melbourne’s Monash University and worked on the student paper. From there he moved to the new Nation Review, a satirical magazine that began publishing in 1972. When that magazine closed, he went to the Melbourne Age. For more than 40 years, his cartoons observed politics, culture, and the emotional life of Australia. His work appears in the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Leunig collaborated with animators Andrew Horne and Deborah Szapiro to produce a series of short films based on his cartoons.