James Hayward (born September 17, 1970) is a Canadian-American film director, screenwriter, animator and guitarist.

Jimmy Hayward
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Jimmy Hayward, May 2009
James Hayward

(1970-09-17) September 17, 1970 (age 49)
OccupationDirector, Writer
Notable work
Horton Hears a Who
Free Birds

Life and careerEdit

Hayward was born in Kingston, Ontario. At a young age, Hayward began his career at Mainframe Entertainment animating and directing commercials, he was one of the original animators of the television series, ReBoot. Throughout his career he has worked at Pixar Animation Studios, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, and was an animator for Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo.[1] He was the sequence director and story consultant for Robots.[2]

His studio directorial debut, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who![3] starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, had a worldwide gross of $297,138,014 (as of May 2009).[4]

Hayward's first live-action film, Jonah Hex,[5] was released in June 2010.[6]

Hayward was also director and writer on an animated film Free Birds, starring Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, which was released in 2013 to unfavourable critical reception.[7]

Hayward will be working with psychedelic rock supergroup Legend of the Seagullmen along with Danny Carey of Tool, Brent Hinds of Mastodon and others, their eponymous debut album is set to be released on February 9, 2018 on Dine Alone Records.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 ReBoot Animator
1995 Toy Story
1998 A Bug's Life Additional animator
1999 Toy Story 2 Animator Also provides additional story material
2001 Monsters, Inc.
2002 Mike's New Car
2003 Finding Nemo
2005 Robots Sequence director Also the story consultant
2008 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Director Also the voice of an Obnoxious Who
2010 Jonah Hex
2013 Free Birds Also writer and voice of Ranger, the President and Additional Voices


  1. ^ Jimmy Hayward Movie Web
  2. ^ Hayward at SFGate.com
  3. ^ USA Today Horton Hears a Who
  4. ^ Horton on Rotten Tomatoes
  5. ^ Comic Con Interview
  6. ^ This Time, 'Jonah Hex' Does the Burning
  7. ^ "Free Birds". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuQtN3vk-q8

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