Boyd Kirkland

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Boyd Kirkland
Boyd Kirkland
Boyd Douglas Kirkland

(1950-11-04)November 4, 1950[1]
DiedJanuary 27, 2011(2011-01-27) (aged 60)
OccupationFilm director, producer, Animator
Barbara Guest (m. 1972)

Boyd Douglas Kirkland (November 4, 1950 – January 27, 2011) was an American television director of animated cartoons. He was best known for his work on X-Men Evolution. His other famous works included Batman: The Animated Series. He suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and interstitial lung disease (ILD). While in ICU at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, he died waiting for a lung transplant on January 27, 2011.[1] He has a book dedicated to him called Guardians of the Galaxy cosmic team-up.

Biographical background[edit]

Kirkland was raised in Utah as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[2] He received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Weber State College in Ogden, Utah.[3] His career in animation started in 1979 as a layout artist.[4] This evolved into XAM! Productions,[3] a partnership based in Salt Lake City that subcontracted for larger Los Angeles based studios. He moved his family to Los Angeles in 1986.[4]

Kirkland published articles about the nature of God in Mormon thought. While a missionary for the LDS Church, Kirkland was confused about the Adam-God doctrine, ostensibly taught in the 19th century and denied in the 1970s, which led him to start questioning the current official church leaders.[5] After brief requests for answers from church leaders, Kirkland continued his own research into the controversy, resulting in articles published in Sunstone Magazine,[6] Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought,[7] and chapters of Line Upon Line: Essays on Mormon Doctrine.[5][8]

Kirkland worked as a producer for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series, and with storyboards for G.I. Joe: The Movie, Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, My Little Pony: The Movie, and Starchaser: The Legend of Orin. He also worked on various Mormon cartoons from the Living Scriptures, Inc, including "The Savior in America" and "The Miracles of Jesus."[9]

Notable works[edit]

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero[edit]

SubZero could be considered a major personal achievement in film making by Boyd Kirkland. As a writer, director and producer on the film, he was an integral part of the creative process. This gave him a unique opportunity to highly influence critical decisions and make the type of movie he felt Batman fans would enjoy and appreciate.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm[edit]

Boyd Kirkland was a sequence director and storyboard artist for Mask of the Phantasm.

Batman: The Animated Series[edit]

Boyd Kirkland was a writer and director for Batman: The Animated Series.[10]

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes![edit]

Boyd Kirkland was a director for the show's second season. The episode "Michael Korvac" was dedicated to his life. The ending credits included the dedication, "In Loving Memory Of Boyd Kirkland: Friend, Father, Director, Avenger." After the dedication, the episode's end credits played in complete silence, which is highly unusual for an American television series.


  1. ^ a b Boyd Kirkland's Obituary: "Boyd Kirkland Obituary".
  2. ^ Obituary of Kirkland's mother shows the family's strong Mormon connection at: "Death: Irene Argyle Kirkland". Church News. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News. January 1, 1989. Retrieved 2009-03-02.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Kirkland, Boyd (Autumn 1984). "Jehovah as the Father: The Development of the Mormon Jehovah Doctrine" (PDF). Sunstone. 9 (2): 36–44. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  4. ^ a b "Crew: Boyd Kirkland". Dragonlance Movie Site. Cinemagine Media Ltd. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  5. ^ a b Kirkland, Boyd (Fall 1998). "Building the Kingdom with Total Honesty". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 31 (3): iv–vi. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  6. ^ Kirkland, Boyd (November 1986). "Of Gods, Mortal, and Devils: Eternal Progression and the Second Death in the Theology of Brigham Young" (PDF). Sunstone. 10 (12): 6–12. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  7. ^ Kirkland, Boyd (Spring 1986). "Elohim and Jehovah in Mormonism and the Bible". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 19 (1): 77–93. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  8. ^ Kirkland, Boyd (1989). "The Development of the Mormon Doctrine of God" and "Eternal Progression and the Second Death in the Theology of Brigham Young". In Bergera, Gary J. Line Upon Line: Essays on Mormon Doctrine. Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books. ISBN 0-941214-69-9.
  9. ^ "Brief Biographies of Latter-day Saint and/or Utah Film Personalities: K". Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  10. ^ Boyd Kirkland on IMDb

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