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

Life and career[]

At a young age, he 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).

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

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.



Year Title Role Position Notes
1995 Toy Story Animator
1998 A Bug's Life Additional animator
1999 Toy Story 2 Animator and additional screenwriter
2001 Monsters, Inc Animator
2003 Finding Nemo
2005 Robots Additional sequence director and story consultant
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Obnoxious Who Director Directorial debut
2010 Jonah Hex Train Wood Tender
2013 The Battle For Dream Island Movie Glass, Lock Director And Screenwriter Co-Director Conrad Vernon Provided additional voice work
2013 Free Birds Ranger, The President, Leatherbeak, and Hazmats Director and screenwriter Provided additional voice work
2019 The Battle For Dream Island Movie 2 Glass, Ranger Director And Screenwriter Co-Director Rob Letterman And Conrad Vernon


Year Title Role Position Notes
1994 ReBoot Senior animator


Year Title Role Position Notes
1995 NHL 96 Recivied special thanks credit
1996 Disney's Animated Storybook: Toy Story Animator and disco godfathers
Toy Story Activity Center Animator