James Baxter

May 1967

animator, supervising animator, character designer

Bio Summary:
Early Life/Family

Career Outline: He started his career in "Who framed Roger Rabbit" in Walt
Disney Animation Studio, after that he moved to DreamWorks Animation, in
there he worked on "The Prince of Egypt", and other film. Early in 2005, he
left DreamWorks and established his own animation studio, but closed his
studio in 2008 and retuns to DreamWorks as supervising animator.

Comments On Style:

Milt Kahl

He doesn't talk much, Work nonstop 18 hours a day during the making of the rogger rabbit.



Comments from Alain Costa: I remember James came directly from school .
I think this must have been his first job. He showed a test he had done
with Thumper from Bambi and Andreas Deja was delighted to see it. He knew
right away that James was born to be a great animator. I think James was
18 at that time . He had a really strong sense of movement and did some
amazing scenes in the film.

Comments from Nik Nanieri: We're friends but I don't see him all that much.
We meet at events, etc. and we catch up but we don't hang out on a
regular basis. We both started at Disney, Los Angeles at the same time
(1988). He was and continues to be one of the best animators I've
ever known. Um, When we first got into LA for our interview at Disney,
we had to drive from LAX to Andreas Deja's house (where we were staying)
and it was late at night. James drove because I just relearned how to
drive and was uncomfortable on the freeway. We got lost so James
pulled off the freeway and started driving down a side street. He
was flustered because we were lost and when we saw the headlights
of a track coming towards us, we realized that James went into British
mode and was driving on the wrong side of the road. We swerved to
the right side of the road and pulled over. After we checked the map, we
were fine and got to our destination safely.

Adventure Time (TV Series) (animator - 1 episode, 2013) (character designer - 1 episode, 2013)
- James Baxter the Horse (2013) ... (animator: James Baxter)
- Princess Potluck (2013) ... (character designer)
2013The Croods (animator: 2d sequence)
2011Adam and Dog (Short) (animator)
2010Kung Fu Panda Holiday (TV Short) (animator)
2009Monsters vs Aliens (animator)
2008Kung Fu Panda (animation director: dream sequence, James Baxter Animation)
2007Enchanted (animation supervisor)
2006Curious George (animation supervisor: James Baxter Animation)
2005Madagascar (additional supervising animator)
2004Shrek 2 (supervising animator)
2003Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (supervising animator: "Sinbad")
2002Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (senior supervising animator: "Spirit")
2000The Road to El Dorado (senior supervising animator: "Tulio")
1998The Prince of Egypt (animator: "Moses")
1996The Hunchback of Notre Dame (character designer) / (supervising animator: "Quasimodo")
1994The Lion King (supervising animator: "Rafiki")
1993The Making of 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (Video documentary) (additional animator)
1991Beauty and the Beast (supervising animator: "Belle")
1990The Rescuers Down Under (character animator)
1989The Little Mermaid (character animator)
1989Tummy Trouble (Short) (animator)
1988Who Framed Roger Rabbit (animator)


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Diane Neill

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