James Ford Murphy '86
Director, Pixar Animation Studios
James Ford Murphy joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1996.
He began working as an animator on “A
Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” and the Academy Award®-winning
features, “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” and “Ratatouille.”
Murphy served as supervising animator for the Academy Award®-winning
short film, “For the Birds,” and was
the directing animator on the Golden Globe®-winning feature, “Cars.” For the next five years, Murphy acted
as the Director of Creative Artists, where he oversaw Animation, Art, and Story
across the studio. Most recently, Murphy made his directing debut with the
short film, “LAVA,” which will screen in front of the Disney•Pixar feature
film, “Inside Out,” in 2015.
Prior to Pixar, Murphy worked as Animation Director at
Sierra-On-Line and as Animator/Director at Calabash Animation where he animated
several commercials, including Little Caesar’s “Pizza, Pizza” series. He also was an Art Director at Jockey
International where he was responsible for all print advertising for Jockey
James earned a BA in Journalism at Marquette
University. He is a self-taught artist
and animator from Detroit, Michigan.