James “Jimmy” Hayward (born September 17, 1970) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and animator.
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. He was the sequence director and story consultant for Robots.
His studio directorial debut, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, had a worldwide gross of $297,138,014 (as of May 2009).
Jimmy’s first live-action film, Jonah Hex, was released in June 2010. —Wikipedia
"And who here wants to spend the annual Who-centennial...in an underground storage area?" "...YEEEEEEAH-UH!!!" *Punk guy raises his hand expecting crowd to high-five him*
Looking past the pointless pop culture swags and the sequences involving anime and REO Speedwagon, Blue Sky's "Horton" charmingly takes one of the least popular of Seuss' most famous tales and expands it without feeling too botched and condescending. It also marks Blue Sky's first in their brilliant use of "2D in 3D" CG: http://vimeo.com/27711017 Best of the Seuss features.