James Baxter - Pencil Tests

James Baxter


Klaus (2019)

Adam and Dog (2011, Short)
Clean-Up by Kendra Baxter

Enchanted (2007) 

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Road to El Dorado (2000)

"This is a pre-production test that I animated of Chel for El Dorado. 20 years ago! My friend Kristof re-shot it. Sorry about the sound quality, it was not done to production sound. She says, "Ooooo, Oh my! This is the most comfortable chair I have ever sat in!"

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Here's a first rough of Moses returning to tell his wife that he just spoke to God and she needs to have a little sit down. Previous attempts had been made to write dialogue for this scene but it never really worked so they asked me to just pantomime it. It's the only scene I've ever been given with no time limit and the minimal direction of, "You know the situation, just animate something."

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1996)

So here's a pencil test of the sanctuary shot from Hunchback of Notre Dame. The background of the cathedral was animated first by Mike Merell in 3D. Then that wireframe footage was printed out onto paper frame by frame. I then animated the characters over the top on paper. This is before the final sound mix obviously, and if you listen you can clearly hear Gary Trousdale, one of the film's directors, yelling "Ahh, you can't get her now Frollo!"

The Lion King (1994)

"My first rough of a Rafiki scene from The Lion King. Simba pose is by the brilliant Ruben Aquino (Simba still has his teenage hair, which was later changed)."

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Other Works

A piece of rough animation for a demonstration during a lecture on quadrupeds at DreamWorks.
Horse run reference (to Sprit: Stallion of the Cimarron, 2002)


Antoine said...

Amazing blog !!!
Thanks a lot for sharing all of this !

Zoar Huerta said...

Oh my God!! I've been worshiping Milt Kahl, Andreas Deja and Glen Keane for ages and I never knew who did some great escenes at Prince of Egypt, Sinbad and Spirit! I must let all my friends to know Mr. Baxter!

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