James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator who has been working as a professional in the animation industry for 30 years.

 

His credits at Disney include being a Lead Animator on films such as 'The Emperor's New Groove'  and 'Hercules' and as an animator on the character "Dr. Facilier" in 'The Princess and the Frog' and "Timon" in 'The Lion King'.

 

He has also worked for studios such as Warner Bros., Dreamworks and Nickelodeon in both television and features an has performed a variety of positions that range from Directing, Storyboarding, Layout, Art Direction, Production Design and Character Design.

 

He is an alumni of CalArts where he has taught drawing and animation to inspire a new generation of artists.

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RESUME

DIRECTING

 

NICKELODEON

 Director- 'Santiago Of The Seas (Season 1)

 Director - 'Shimmer & Shine (Season 4)

 

VISUAL DEVELOPMENT

 

WALT DISNEY FEATURE ANIMATION 

 Visual Development - 'Moana'

 

WALT DISNEY TELEVISION ANIMATION 

 Visual Development - 'Tangled: The Series'

 

WHATNOT! ENTERTAINMENT/SOLARIS 

 Supervisor Development - 'Neil deGrasse Tyson presents Space Odyssey'

 

JAMES LOPEZ ANIMATION, INC. 

 Production Design and Art Director - 'Hullabaloo'

 

PICNIC PRODUCTIONS 

 Production Design and Art Director  - 'Pups of Liberty'

 

WARNER BROS. FEATURE ANIMATION 

 Production design and Char. Designer - 'Fat Albert: The Movie'

 

MGM/ZANUCK CO. 

 Character Designer - 'Betty Boop " feature film (unreleased)

 

HYPERION ANIMATION CO. 

 Character Designer - 'Life WIth Louie', 'Eugene and Glen' and 'Eddie Nine Lives'

STORYBOARDING

 

NICKELODEON

 Storyboard Artist and Revisionist - 'Shimmer & Shine (Seasons 3 & 4)

 

DISNEY XD/TITMOUSE STUDIOS 

 Storyboard Artist - 'Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja (Season 2)'

 

DISNEYTOON STUDIOS 

 Storyboard Artist - 'Tinkerbell "Dance Short" '

 

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS 

 Storyboard Artist - 'Frozen' End Credits

 

WARNER BROS. TELEVISION ANIMATION 

 Storyboard Artist - 'Tom and Jerry Tales'

 

RENEGADE ANIMATION CO. 

 Storyboard Artist - (Flash) - 'Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi' and 'The Mr. Men Show'

 

TOONACIOUS/DISNEYTOON STUDIO 

 Storyboard Artist - 'Tinkerbell: Iridessa's Quest'

 

HYPERION/JAMBALAYA STUDIO 

 Storyboard Artist - 'The Proud Family Movie' and 'Bebe's Kids'

 

JAMES LOPEZ ANIMATION, INC. 

Storyboard Artist - 'Hullabaloo'

 

 

ANIMATION

 

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS

Final Line Artist - 'Paperman'

Supervising Animator - ‘Home On The Range’- “The Farm Animals”

Supervising Animator - ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’- “Tipo” 

Supervising Animator - ‘Kingdom In The Sun’- “Prince Manco” 

Supervising Animator - ‘Hercules’- “Pain”

Animator - 'The Princess And The Frog'-"Dr. Facilier" 

Animator - ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’- “Pacha” 

Animator - ‘Pocahontas’- “Wiggins”, “Percy” and “Ratcliffe” 

Animator -  ‘The Lion King’- “Timon”

Animator - ‘Runaway Brain’- (Multiple characters) 

Animator (CG) - ‘Chicken Little’- (Multiple characters)

 

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

Animator (CG) - 'The Bee Movie'- (Multiple characters)

Animator (CG) - 'Flushed Away'- (Multiple characters) 

 

WARNER BROS. FEATURE ANIMATION

Supervising Animator: Fat Albert: The Movie'

 

RENEGADE ANIMATION CO.

Animator - 'The Mr. Men Show' 

Animator - Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary show

 

HYPERION ANIMATION CO.

Animator - 'Rover Dangerfiled'

Animator - 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' short

 

 

LAYOUT

 

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS 

 Character Layout Artist - 'The Princess And The Frog'

 

PICNIC PRODUCTIONS 

 Head of Layout - 'Pups of Liberty'

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

NICKELODEON ANIMATION STUDIOS

 6 week Beginning Storyboard Trainee course (Aug - Sept. 2019)

 

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS 

 Instructor, Character Animation II and III, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Sept.   2010 – June 2014

 

LAGUNA COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN (LCAD) 

Summer Program 2015 

 

CONCEPT DESIGN ACADEMY

Instructor - Animation (Beginning)

 

VIRTUAL ANIMATORS.COM 

 Character Design and 2d animation 12 week series of classes 

 

STUDIO ARTS 

 Instructor, Introduction to 2d & CG Animation 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS

 Character Animation program Fall ’88 - Spring ’90 

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