John Alexander Davis (born October 26, 1961) is an American film director, writer, animator, voice actor and composer known for his work both in stop-motion animation as well as computer animation, live action and live-action/CGI hybrids. Davis is best known for his creation of Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron franchise, which enjoyed popularity in the early-mid 2000s.
Davis began animating as a child using his parent's 8 mm camera to film action figures in stop motion. His interest in animation began when watched a stop motion film called Icharus at a film festival. He worked on the stop motion film The Bermuda Triangle in 1981 while still attending Southern Methodist University, where he graduated in 1984.
Soon after his graduation Davis joined the animation company K&H Productions, working with 2-D animator Keith Alcorn. Soon, Davis made the transition from claymation to 2-D animation with Alcorn's help. K&H did production work for commercials, public-access television cable TV animation, and film festivals. K&H Productions declared bankruptcy in early 1987; that same year DNA Productions was founded.
Davis came up with the idea for Jimmy Neutron (then named Johnny Quasar) sometime during the 1980s and wrote a script titled Runaway Rocketboy (later the name of the second pilot) which was later abandoned. While moving to a new house in the early 1990s he stumbled upon the script and re-worked it as a short film titled Johnny Quasar and presented it in SIGGRAPHwhere he met Steve Oedekerk and worked on a television series as well as the movie.
The Ant Bully
Main article: The Ant Bully (film)
In 2006, he directed the film The Ant Bully after being approached by Tom Hanks to direct the film. Production on the film made Davis resign from production of Jimmy Neutron in January 2003. He gave his position away as Executive in charge of production to Steve Oedekerk. He also directed the movie's Video Game.
Proposed Neopets Film
Davis was set to direct an upcoming feature film based on Neopets with Warner Bros., together with producer Dylan Sellers and writer Rob Lieber. It was originally set to release on April 20, 2009, but was changed to 2011 and later changed to winter of 2012, before finally being cancelled with no other projects announced.
In 2000, Davis was up for an Emmy along with 8 others in the category Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour) for Olive, the Other Reindeer, but lost to Discovery Channel's Walking with Dinosaurs.
|1981||Bermuda Triangle||Director, Animator as John Davis|
|1984||Blood Sucker from Outer Space||Visual Effects|
|1989||Scaredy Cat!||Special Thanks as John A. D.|
|1990||Macon County War||Composer|
|1992||The Tale of Nippoless Nippleby||Actor|
Voice of Nippoless Nippleby
|1993||Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 1990s||Composer|
|1995||Johnny Quasar (Jimmy Neutron prototype)||Director, Writer, Animator|
|1997||Santa vs. The Snowman||TV series|
Director, Producer, Writer, Animation Supervisor, Technical Director
|1999||Olive, the Other Reindeer||TV series|
Animation Director, Animation Executive Producer, as John Davis
|2001||Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Director, Producer, Writer, Animation Director, Actor|
Voice of Octapuke Kid, Guard and Bennie
|The Making of 'Jimmy Neutron'||Self|
|2002||Santa vs. the Snowman 3D||Director, Producer, Writer, Animation Supervisor|
|2002–06||The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||TV series|
|2004||The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour||TV film|
Creator: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Producer
|Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom||TV film|
|2006||The Ant Bully||Director, Producer, Screen-Writer, Actor (voice of Ant #19)|
|The Ant Bully||Video game|
|2010–13||Planet Sheen||TV series|
Based on characters created by, as John Davis
|2012||The Lost Tomb: A Neopets Adventure||Cancelled|
Director, Producer, Writer