Jimmy Hayward

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

Jimmy Hayward
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Hayward in 2009
Born (1970-09-17) September 17, 1970 (age 51)
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, animator
Notable work
Horton Hears a Who
Free Birds


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 $298.6 million.[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, but financial success.[7]


Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Director Screenwriter Animator Other Voice role Notes
1995 Toy Story No No Yes No
1998 A Bug's Life No No Additional No
1999 Toy Story 2 No No Yes Yes Additional story material
2001 Monsters, Inc. No No Yes No
2003 Finding Nemo No No Yes No
2005 Robots No No No Yes Director: additional scenes, story consultant
2008 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Yes No No Yes Obnoxious Who Musician: guitar
2010 Jonah Hex Yes No No Yes Train Wood Tender
2013 Free Birds Yes Yes No Yes Ranger/Leatherbeak/President/Hazmats Additional voices

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Animator
2002 Mike's New Car Yes


Year Title Senior animator Voice actor Voice role Notes
1994 ReBoot Yes No Senior animator: episodes 1–2
2015 Transformers vs. G.I. Joe: The Commissary No Yes Narrator/Destro/Soundwave/Gung-Ho/Zartan Episodes 1–3

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Animator Notes
1995 NHL 96 No Special thanks
1996 Disney's Animated Storybook: Toy Story Yes Disco Godfather
Toy Story Activity Center Yes


  1. ^ "'Horton' Director Jimmy Hayward 'Hears a Who!' [Exclusive]". Movieweb. March 12, 2008.
  2. ^ Hart, Hugh (April 13, 2008). "INDUSTRY BUZZ". SFGATE.
  3. ^ "Oh-ho-ho, it's Horton's (and Blue Sky animators') show - USATODAY.com". usatoday30.usatoday.com.
  4. ^ "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Roush, George (July 25, 2009). "Comic Con 2009: Video Interview Jimmy Hayward & Josh Brolin On Jonah Hex". latinoreview.com. Archived from the original on July 29, 2009.
  6. ^ Miska, Brad (May 5, 2010). "This Time, 'Jonah Hex' Does the Burning".
  7. ^ "Free Birds". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 10, 2013.

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