James Baxter (animator)
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|Born||May 1967 (age 52)|
|Employer||Walt Disney Animation Studios (1988–1996)|
DreamWorks Animation (1997–2005, 2008–2017)
James Baxter (born May 1967) is a 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 The Hunchback of 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. After the release of Kung Fu Panda in 2008, Baxter closed his studio and returned to DreamWorks Animation as a supervising animator. While at DreamWorks, Baxter worked on films including Monsters Vs. Aliens, How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods. In 2017, Baxter left DreamWorks once again and went to work for Netflix.
In May 2013, Baxter was a guest animator for an episode of the fifth season 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 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. A second episode focusing on the character's origins, "Horse and Ball", aired during the show's eighth season, with Baxter once again animating and voicing the character.
|1988||Who Framed Roger Rabbit||Animator|
|1989||Tummy Trouble (Short)||Animator|
|The Little Mermaid||Character Animator||Ariel|
|1990||DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp||Character Animator|
|The Rescuers Down Under||Character Animator||Joanna, Rescue Aid Society Mice, Insects, Wilbur|
|1991||Beauty and the Beast||Supervising Animator||Belle|
|1993||The Making of "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (Video documentary)||Additional Animator|
|1994||The Lion King||Supervising Animator||Rafiki|
|1996||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Character Designer/Visual Development / Supervising Animator||Quasimodo|
|1998||The Prince of Egypt||Animator||Moses|
|2000||The Road to El Dorado||Senior Supervising Animator||Tulio|
|2002||Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron||Senior Supervising Animator||Spirit|
|2003||Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas||Supervising Animator||Sinbad|
|2004||Shrek 2||Supervising Animator|
|2005||Madagascar||Additional Supervising Animator|
|2006||Curious George||Animation Supervisor: James Baxter Animation|
|2007||Enchanted||Animation Supervisor: James Baxter Animation|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda||Animation Director: Dream Sequence, James Baxter Animation|
|Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (Video short)||Special Thanks|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||Animator|
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Animator|
|Kung Fu Panda Holiday (TV Short)||Animator|
|2011||Adam and Dog||Animator|
|2012||Gravity Falls (TV Series)||Additional Animator – 2 Episodes|
|Rise of the Guardians||Concept Artists – Uncredited|
|2013||The Croods||Head of Character Animation and Animator: 2D Sequence|
|Adventure Time (TV Series)||Voice / Animator – 2 Episodes and Character Designer – 1 Episode||James Baxter the Horse|
|2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Supervising Animator||Valka|
|2017||Regular Show (TV Series)||Additional Animator – 1 Episode|
|Samurai Jack (TV Series)||Additional Animation - 1 Episode|
|2018||Mary Poppins Returns||Animator|
|2019||Steven Universe (TV Series)||Additional Animation - 1 Episode||Steven Universe|
- Ward, Pendleton (6 May 2013). "Tonight. Featuring the work of guest animator… James Baxter". Pendleton Ward's Cartoon Tumblr. Frederator Studios. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- ASIFA Hollywood, Annie Awards 2018 - The Winsor McCay Award - James Baxter, retrieved 30 January 2019
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- Thurm, Eric (28 January 2019). "A really, truly epic hourlong Steven Universe nearly spells the end of everything". CBR. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
- Milligan, Mercedes (22 March 2019). "Netflix Plans Oscar-Qualifying Release for Original Feature 'Klaus'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 11 November 2019.