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Animator Showcase: James Baxter

Here is an animator you may recognize as a certain horse riding a beach ball from Adventure Time, James Baxter!

James Baxter not only did work at Disney, but also at DreamWorks and later got to voice and animate two episodes of Adventure Time with James Baxter the Horse! Here are many examples of his amazing work and even check out his blog on @jbaxteranimator!

The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Character Animator for Joanna

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Supervising Animator for Belle

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The Lion King (1994)

Supervising Animator for Rafiki

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Character Designer / Supervising Animator for Quasimodo

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Animator for Moses

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The Road to El Dorado (2000)

Senior Supervising Animator for Tulio & Animator for Chel

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Senior Supervising Animator for Spirit

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

Supervising Animator for Sinbad

Enchanted (2007)

Animation Supervisor 

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Animation Director for Dream Sequence

Gravity Falls (2012 - 2016)

Animator for Intro 

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Adventure Time (2010 - 2018)

Animator / Voice of James Baxter the Horse

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Samurai Jack (2017)

Animator on Episode XCV

Just a reminder
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs went completely overbudget, and no-one believed anyone would want a full-length animated film. It created a whole new genre.
  • George Lucas thought that Star Wars was going to be such a failure, he went on holiday rather than attend the premiere. It has become one of the most influential film sagas in film history
  • The Lion King was listed as a ‘B’ movie by Disney, and thus less effort was placed on it. It became Disney’s highest grossing film until 2013.
  • Beauty and the Beast had multiple time and money constraints, and was in “development hell” since the 1930′s. It became the first animated feature to win a Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, Disney’s first Oscar nominated film for Best Picture since Mary Poppins, and was the reason the Academy created the ‘Best Animated Picture’ category.
  • Frozen was stuck in “development hell” since Walt Disney was alive, and had multiple redrafts and script rewrites, and a few questioned whether it would be successful. It became the highest grossing animated film of all time, broke box office records across the world, became Disney’s first movie since Tarzan to win an Oscar (and won two) and became the first Disney movie (not including Pixar) to win the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

Just because a project may be taking longer than you had hoped, or you have had to redo it multiple times, or you don’t think it will be a success doesn’t mean your project isn’t good. Sometimes our most successful projects are the most surprising ones

Don’t give up!