Jimmy T. Murakami

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Jimmy Murakami
Born Teruaki Murakami
(1933-06-05)June 5, 1933
San Jose, California, U.S.
Died February 16, 2014(2014-02-16) (aged 80)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality American, Irish
  • Animator
  • designer
  • artist
  • director
Known for Founder of Fred Wolf Films Dublin
Spouse(s) Ethna Murakami

Teruaki "Jimmy" Murakami (村上輝明, Murakami Teruaki, June 5, 1933 – February 16, 2014) was an American animator and film director with a long career working in numerous countries. Among his best-known works are the animated adaptations of the Raymond Briggs books When the Wind Blows and The Snowman. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for The Magic Pear Tree (1968).


As a child, Murakami was interned with his family at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center in northern California.[1] Murakami attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and worked as an animator at UPA in Burbank.[2]

Following a short stint with Toei Animation in Tokyo, Murakami joined TVC in London in 1960. He returned to Los Angeles in 1965, and established Murakami Wolf Productions. Murakami then moved to Ireland in 1971 and established Quarteru Films.[2]

Murakami formed Murakami-Wolf Films with Fred Wolf.[3] He also directed the music video for "King of the Mountain", the single from Kate Bush's album Aerial. In 1989, with his former partner Fred Wolf, he established Murakami Wolf Dublin to produce the hit animation series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[2]

He also worked on 3 films for Roger Corman in the 70's-80's, including directing Battle Beyond The Stars, as well as Les pêcheurs de perles for Pascavision in 1993.

Murakami was the subject of a 2010 feature documentary film made by Irish director Sé Merry Doyle and produced by Martina Durac and Vanessa Gildea of Loopline Films called Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien which premiered in Dublin at the 2010 IFI Stranger than Fiction Film Festival.[4]

He died in 2014, aged 80.[5]

Partial filmography[edit]

Camera crew from Richthofen & Brown, 1970. Peter Peckowski and Peter Allwork in cockpit. Jimmy Murakami, Shay Corcoran, Lynn Garrison


  1. ^ Osmond, Andrew (2001-12-19). "Animation World Magazine: Jimmy Murakami's Five Decades of Animation".
  2. ^ a b c "Animation Pioneer Jimmy Murakami Dies at 80", Rafu Shimpo, February 24, 2014
  3. ^ Dyess, Phil (2014-02-19). "R.I.P. Jimmy Murakami, animator of When The Wind Blows and The Snowman · Newswire · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  4. ^ IFI, page (2010-08-12). "Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien". Archived from the original on 2010-04-05.
  5. ^ ""When the Wind Blows" Director Jimmy Murakami, RIP". cartoonbrew.com. 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2014-02-16.

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