June 5, 1933
San Jose, California, U.S.
|Died||February 16, 2014 (aged 80)|
|Known for||Founder of Fred Wolf Films Dublin|
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).
Early life and education
On June 5, 1933, Murakami was born in San Jose, California. At age 9, following the signing of Executive Order 9066, Murakami was interned with his Japanese-American family at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center, a concentration camp in northern California. After the end of World War II, Murakami and his family settled in Los Angeles, California.
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.
Murakami formed Murakami-Wolf Films with Fred Wolf. 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.
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.
|1957||Trees and Jamaica Daddy||Yes||Designer|
Short (segment "Jamaica Daddy")
|1958||Sailing and Village Band||Yes||Designer|
Short (segment "Village Band")
|1959||Picnics Are Fun and Dino's Serenade||Yes||Designer|
Short (segment "Dino's Serenade")
|1001 Arabian Nights||Yes||Layout artist (uncredited)|
|1967||George... the People||Yes||Yes||Animator|
|Breath||Yes||Yes||Yes||Story||Animator and designer|
|1968||The Magic Pear Tree||Yes||Story||Short|
|1969||The Good Friend||Yes||Yes|
|1971||The Point||Yes||Theatrical film, uncredited|
|Von Richthofen and Brown||Yes||Associate||Art director & Second unit director (uncredited)|
|1972||Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 14||Yes||Animator|
|1973||The Naked Ape||Yes||Animator|
|1974||The Mad Magazine TV Special||Yes||TV movie|
|Free to Be... You & Me||Yes||Animator and graphic designer|
|1979||Death of a Bullet||Yes|
|1980||Humanoids from the Deep||Yes||Uncredited|
|Battle Beyond the Stars||Yes||Theatrical film|
Theatrical film (segment "Soft Landing")
|1982||The Snowman||Supervising||TV Short|
|1986||When the Wind Blows||Yes||Music video by David Bowie|
|When the Wind Blows||Yes||Yes||Special sequence animator (segment ''Military Command Sequence'')|
|1988||The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe||Yes||Animation director|
Mini-Series, 2 episodes
|1989||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Yes||TV series, 6 episodes|
|1992||Urbanus: Het lustige kapoentje||Yes||Yes||Yes||Storyboard artist|
|1993||Opéra imaginaire||Yes||TV movie (segment "Pêcheurs de perles")|
|1995-1997||The Story Keepers||Supervising||TV series, 13 episodes|
|1998||Oi! Get Off Our Train||Yes||TV Short|
|The Bear||Yes||Storyboard consultant|
|2001||Christmas Carol: The Movie||Yes||Yes||Storyboard artist|
|2005||King of the Mountain||Yes||Music video by Kate Bush|
|2010||Jimmy Murakami: Non Alien||Yes||Animator & voice appearance|
- Amidi, Amid (February 16, 2014). ""When the Wind Blows" Director Jimmy Murakami, RIP". cartoonbrew.com. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
- Osmond, Andrew (December 19, 2001). "Animation World Magazine: Jimmy Murakami's Five Decades of Animation".
- "Animation Pioneer Jimmy Murakami Dies at 80", Rafu Shimpo, February 24, 2014
- Dyess, Phil (February 19, 2014). "R.I.P. Jimmy Murakami, animator of When The Wind Blows and The Snowman · Newswire · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
- IFI, page (August 12, 2010). "Jimmy Murakami - Non Alien". Archived from the original on April 5, 2010.
- Williamson, Marcus (April 29, 2014). "Obituaries: Jimmy Murakami: Director best known for his adaptations of two Raymond Briggs books, 'The Snowman' and 'Where the Wind Blows'". independent.co.uk. Archived from the original on June 9, 2022. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
- "Reflections of Jimmy T. Murakami - Insects". Archived from the original on October 22, 2008.