James Baxter

James Baxter was born in 1967, to Scottish parents in Bristol, and raised in Bishop’s Stortford, England. He started experimenting on little animation tests with a 8mm camera at age 16. James attended Cambridge College of Arts & Technology for one year and West Surrey College of Arts & Design for one year before leaving to work with Richard Williams on ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ in London. Following ‘Roger Rabbit’ James moved to California to work for the Walt Disney Company, where he worked as the Supervising Animator on classic characters like Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Rafiki in ‘The Lion King’. He then moved to DreamWorks SKG where he worked on such films as ‘Prince of Egypt’, ‘Spirit, Stallion of the Cimmeron’ and ‘Shrek 2’. For a time James had his own studio, James Baxter Animation, which produced several projects, including the animation for the Disney feature film ‘Enchanted’, and the opening sequence of DreamWorks’ ‘Kung Fu Panda’. He returned to DreamWorks Animation to work on ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ 1 and 2, and ‘The Croods’. James is now the Director of Character Animation at Netflix.


KLAUS – Behind the Scenes of Netflix’s First Animated Feature

The Chapel at St. Kieran's College

Exclusive behind the scenes presentation on Netflix’s first animated film, Sergio Pablos’ KLAUS, coming this November, with animation supervisor Sergio Martins, first assistant director Carlos Martinez, and hosted by James Baxter When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where […]


James Baxter Animation Masterclass + in conversation with Tomm Moore SOLD OUT

The Chapel at St. Kieran's College

This masterclass will be a fantastic opportunity for attendees to hear about James’s remarkable career first-hand, as well as learn about his process, including a live demonstration of character animation, and his thoughts on the changing face of the animation industry. James Baxter and Tomm Moore talk about the evolving art of animation. Please note that this venue is […]