John A. Davis

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John A. Davis
Born John Alexander Davis
(1961-10-26) October 26, 1961 (age 55)
United States
Residence Dallas, Texas
Other names John Davis
Alma mater Southern Methodist University[1]
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, voice actor
Years active 1981–present
Employer Idee Studios[citation needed]
Known for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

John Alexander Davis (born October 26, 1961) is an American film director, writer, animator, voice actor and composer known for his work both in stop-motion animation as well as computer animation, live action and live-action/CGI hybrids. Davis is best known for his creation of Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron franchise, which enjoyed popularity in the early-mid 2000s.

Early life[edit]

Davis began animating as a child using his parent's 8 mm camera to film action figures in stop motion. His interest in animation began when watched a stop motion film called Icharus at a film festival.[2] He worked on the stop motion film The Bermuda Triangle in 1981 while still attending Southern Methodist University, where he graduated in 1984.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

K&H Productions[edit]

Soon after his graduation Davis joined the animation company K&H Productions, working with 2-D animator Keith Alcorn. Soon, Davis made the transition from claymation to 2-D animation with Alcorn's help. K&H did production work for commercials, public-access television cable TV animation, and film festivals. K&H Productions declared bankruptcy in early 1987; that same year DNA Productions was founded.[2]

Jimmy Neutron[edit]

Davis came up with the idea for Jimmy Neutron (then named Johnny Quasar) sometime during the 1980s and wrote a script titled Runaway Rocketboy (later the name of the second pilot) which was later abandoned. While moving to a new house in the early 1990s he stumbled upon the script and re-worked it as a short film titled Johnny Quasar and presented it in SIGGRAPH where he met Steve Oedekerk and worked on a television series as well as the movie.

The Ant Bully[edit]

Main article: The Ant Bully (film)

In 2006, he directed the film The Ant Bully after being approached by Tom Hanks to direct the film. Production on the film made Davis resign from production of Jimmy Neutron in January 2003. He gave his position away as Executive in charge of production to Steve Oedekerk. He also directed the movie's Video Game.

Planet Sheen[edit]

Davis co-created Planet Sheen in 2010 with Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk. It is a spin-off of his show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Proposed Neopets Film[edit]

Davis was set to direct an upcoming feature film based on Neopets with Warner Bros., together with producer Dylan Sellers and writer Rob Lieber.[3] It was originally set to release on April 20, 2009, but was changed to 2011 and later changed to winter of 2012, before finally being cancelled with no other projects announced.

Nominations[edit]

In 2000 Davis was up for an Emmy along with 8 others in the category Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour) for Olive, the Other Reindeer.

In 2002 Davis was nominated for an Oscar along with Steve Oedekerk in the category of Best Animated Feature for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, but lost to DreamWorks Animation's Shrek.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Job
1981 Bermuda Triangle Director, Animator as John Davis
1984 Blood Sucker from Outer Space Visual Effects
Uncredited
1989 Scaredy Cat! Special Thanks as John A. D.
1990 Macon County War Composer
1992 The Tale of Nippoless Nippleby[4] Actor
Voice of Nippoless Nippleby
1993 Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 1990s[5] Composer
1995 Johnny Quasar (Jimmy Neutron prototype) Director, Writer, Animator
1997 Santa vs. The Snowman TV series
Director, Producer, Writer, Animation Supervisor, Technical Director
1999 Olive, the Other Reindeer TV series
Animation Director, Animation Executive Producer, as John Davis
2001 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Director, Producer, Writer, Animation Director, Actor
Voice of Octapuke Kid, Guard and Bennie
2001 The Making of 'Jimmy Neutron' Self
2002 Santa vs. the Snowman 3D Director, Producer, Writer, Animation Supervisor
2002–06 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius TV series
Creator
2004 The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour TV film
Creator: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Producer
2004 Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom TV film
Creator, Producer
2006 The Ant Bully Director, Producer, Screen-Writer, Actor (voice of Ant #19)
2006 The Ant Bully Video game
Director
2010–13 Planet Sheen TV series
Based on characters created by, as John Davis
2012 The Lost Tomb: A Neopets Adventure[3] Cancelled
Director, Co-Producer
2014 Ring-Co[3] Cancelled
Director, Producer, Writer
2016 Smart[6] Cancelled
Director

Astrophotography[edit]

Since about 2007, Davis has become a recognized astrophotographer, publishing high-resolution, generally wide-field images in astronomy magazines,[7][8][9] and in NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.[10][11][12]

In 2009, Davis largely founded and continues to lead APSIG, the Astrophotography Special Interest Group,[13] associated with the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chattaway, Peter (July 25, 2006). "An Animation Bug's Life". Christianity Today. Retrieved September 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Einhorn, Max (July 25, 2006). "An Interview with John A. Davis, Director of The Ant Bully". Maximum Movies. Retrieved September 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c McClintock, Pamela (February 6, 2006). "WB taps NeoPets pic scribe". Variety. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ The Tale of Nippoless Nippleby (1992) at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 1990s (1993) at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Gregg Kilday (June 19, 2014). "Xing Xing Digital and Pelagius Entertainment To Co-Produce Animated Movie 'Smart'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ photograph: "The Deep Sky in Orion" in Astronomy (magazine), May 2013, p. 72.
  8. ^ photograph: "Dusty Cepheus" Sky and Telescope (magazine), August 2012, p. 78.
  9. ^ photograph: "Clouds of Polaris" Sky and Telescope (magazine), July 2013, p. 73.
  10. ^ Nemiroff, R.; Bonnell, J., eds. (April 19, 2013). "NGC 1788 and the Witch's Whiskers". Astronomy Picture of the Day. NASA. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ Nemiroff, R.; Bonnell, J., eds. (January 19, 2013). "Barnard Stares at NGC 2170". Astronomy Picture of the Day. NASA. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ Nemiroff, R.; Bonnell, J., eds. (May 25, 2012). "Scorpius in Red and Blue". Astronomy Picture of the Day. NASA. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ "APSIG". Retrieved December 29, 2013. 

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