Biography

British character animator. He was first known for his work on several Walt Disney Animation Studios films, including various characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Rafiki in The Lion King, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. After Notre Dame, Baxter moved over to DreamWorks Animation, where he worked on films such as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek 2 and Madagascar. Early in 2005, Baxter left DreamWorks and set out on his own as an independent animator. He became the head of his own studio, James Baxter Animation, in Pasadena, California, where he has directed the animation for the 2007 film Enchanted and the opening credits to Kung Fu Panda, for which he received an Annie Award. As of the summer of 2008, James Baxter Animation has closed and Baxter has returned once again to DreamWorks Animation as a supervising animator.

Baxter has also worked on Tummy Trouble, How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods.

In May 2013, Baxter was a guest animator for an episode of Adventure Time entitled "James Baxter the Horse".The episode's story focused on the lead characters trying to emulate a horse who can cheer everyone up by neighing his name (James Baxter) and balancing on a beach ball. Both the horse's animation (which is visually distinct from the other characters) and voice were provided by Baxter. The episode's title card features a drawing of the horse drawing a horse on a beach ball, while sitting at an animation table. -Wikipedia

British character animator. He was first known for his work on several Walt Disney Animation Studios films, including various characters in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Rafiki in The Lion King, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. After Notre Dame, Baxter moved over to DreamWorks Animation, where he worked on films such as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek 2 and Madagascar. Early in 2005, Baxter left DreamWorks and set out on his own as an independent animator. He became the head of his own studio, James Baxter Animation, in Pasadena, California, where he has directed the animation for the 2007 film Enchanted and the opening credits to Kung Fu Panda, for which he received an Annie Award. As of the summer of 2008, James Baxter Animation has closed and Baxter has returned once again to DreamWorks Animation as a supervising animator.

Baxter has also worked on Tummy Trouble, How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods.

In May 2013, Baxter was a guest animator for an episode of Adventure Time entitled "James Baxter the Horse".The episode's story focused on the lead characters trying to emulate a horse who can cheer everyone up by neighing his name (James Baxter) and balancing on a beach ball. Both the horse's animation (which is visually distinct from the other characters) and voice were provided by Baxter. The episode's title card features a drawing of the horse drawing a horse on a beach ball, while sitting at an animation table. -Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Visual Effects

Gender -

Known Credits 26

Birthday 1967-01-01

Place of Birth Bristol - England - UK

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Also Known As

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Visual Effects TV ShowsMovies

2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Animation Director
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Animation Supervisor
2013 The Croods Animation
2013 Adam and Dog Animation
2012 Gravity Falls (1 episode)Animation
2010 Adventure Time (1 episode)Animation
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Animation
2009 Monsters vs Aliens Animation
2008 Kung Fu Panda Animation Director
2007 Enchanted Animation Supervisor
2006 Curious George Animation Supervisor
2005 Madagascar Animation Supervisor
2004 Shrek 2 Animation Supervisor
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Animation Supervisor
2000 The Road to El Dorado Animation Supervisor
1998 The Prince of Egypt Animation
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Animation Supervisor
1994 The Lion King Animation Supervisor
1991 Beauty and the Beast Animation Supervisor
1990 The Rescuers Down Under Animation
1990 DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp Animation
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Animation

Crew

2015 Tyrus: The Tyrus Wong Story Thanks
2004 Far Far Away Idol Supervising Animator
2004 Shrek 2 Supervising Animator
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Supervising Animator

Acting

2018 Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic as Himself

Production

2015 Tyrus: The Tyrus Wong Story Associate Producer

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