James "Jimmy" Hayward (born September 17, 1970) is a Canadian-American film director, screenwriter and animator.
Life and career
Hayward was born in Kingston, Ontario. At a young age, Hayward began his career at Mainframe Entertainment animating and directing commercials, he was one of the original animators of the television series, ReBoot. Throughout his career he has worked at Pixar Animation Studios, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, and was an animator for Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo. He was the sequence director and story consultant for Robots.
His studio directorial debut, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, had a worldwide gross of $297,138,014 (as of May 2009).
Hayward's first live-action film, Jonah Hex, was released in June 2010.
Hayward was also director and writer on an animated film Free Birds, starring Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, which was released in 2013 to unfavourable critical reception.