August 8, 1953
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Lipscomb University|
|Occupation||Animator, writer, television producer, actor, television director, cartoonist, author|
|Known for||Doug (1991–1994, 1996–1999)|
Richard Scarry's Best Videos Ever! (1993–1994)
Allegra's Window (1994–1996)
The Beginners Bible series (1995)
101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997–1998)
PB&J Otter (1998–2000)
JoJo's Circus (2003–2007)
Pinky Dinky Doo (2005–2011)
Feeling Good with JoJo (2006–2008)
Musical Mornings with Coo (2007–2009)
James Jinkins (born August 8, 1953) is an American animator, cartoonist children's author and creator of the animated Doug television series which was later the basis for a feature film. Jinkins also created PB&J Otter, as well as several other shows produced by his two companies, Jumbo Pictures and Cartoon Pizza.
Background and career
Jinkins was born in Richmond, Virginia, and lived there during his childhood. His experiences growing up in Richmond would serve as an inspiration for the fictional town of Bluffington, Virginia, in the series Doug. Jinkins was also an actor on the old Nickelodeon series Pinwheel and Hocus Focus, and a graphic designer on By the Way and Video Comics.
Later, Jinkins worked in advertising, creating television commercials and promotions featuring a young boy and a dog, who would become the main characters of his major creation, Doug. Jinkins had developed Doug Funnie through doodles during the early days of his career. Doug and his dog Porkchop first appeared in Jinkins' book Doug Got a New Pair of Shoes, which led to his creating an animated pilot titled Doug Can't Dance. He sold the Doug pilot to Nickelodeon. The pilot tested higher than any other pilot for the network at the time. Jinkins established Jumbo Pictures in 1990 to produce Doug for Nickelodeon. Doug went on to become one of Nickelodeon's most popular and successful series. Jinkins has also served as executive producer and voice director for Doug as well as writing only two episodes. Jinkins also created a TV show for Nick Jr., Allegra's Window.
Doug's success was noticed by Disney executives. In 1996, Jinkins sold Jumbo Pictures to Disney. Disney then developed Disney's Doug (originally Brand Spanking New! Doug) as part of their "One Saturday Morning" lineup.
Jinkins and his team at Jumbo Pictures have produced the PB&J Otter and 101 Dalmatians animated series and feature film Doug's 1st Movie for Disney. Jinkins has also founded an independent company, Cartoon Pizza, which produced shows such as JoJo's Circus, Stanley, Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up, HoopDogz, and Pinky Dinky Doo.
Jinkins on Doug
|“||Doug is not a powerful character. He is more where I feel that kids are today. They are softspoken and bewildered. But they often make the right decisions. What we tried to get across was that you should feel good about yourself and not give in to peer pressure. The underlying foundation was that doing the right thing will pay off.||”|
- "Jim Jinkins". Whatiwannaknow.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
- Griset, Rich (September 23, 2009). "Believing in Bluffington: Richmond resonated through an earlier cartoon". Style Weekly. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
- *Chaudoin, Kim "Jinkins turns love of doodling into career," pp. 15-16, The Torch - Lipscomb University, Spring 2005
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