John A. Davis (born John Alexander Davis on 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. Davis is best known for his work on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
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 sometime during the 1980s and wrote a script Runaway Rocketboy 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 SIGGRAPH where he met Steve Oedekerk and worked on a television series as well as the movie.
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.
Closure of DNA:
DNA closed its doors in 2006.
Davis co-created Planet Sheen in 2010 with Keith Alcorn and Steve Oedekerk. It is a spin-off of his show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
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.
In 2002 Davis was nominated for an Oscar along with Steve Oedekerk in the category of Best Animated Feature for Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, bust lost to DreamWorks Animation's Shrek.
Director, Animator as John Davis
Blood Sucker from Outer Space
Visual Effects (uncredited)
Special Thanks as John A. D.
Macon County War
The Tale of Nippoless Nippleby
Actor (voice of Nippoless Nippleby)
Basic Values: Sex, Shock & Censorship in the 1990s
Director, Writer, Animator
Santa vs. The Snowman (TV)
Director, Producer, Writer, Animation Supervisor, Technical Director
Olive, the Other Reindeer (TV)
Animation Director, Animation Executive Producer, as John Davis
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Director, Producer, Writer, Animation Director, Actor (voice of Octapuke Kid/Guard/Bennie)
The Making of 'Jimmy Neutron'
Santa vs. the Snowman 3D
Director, Producer, Writer, Animation Supervisor
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (TV)
The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour (TV film)
Creator: The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Producer
Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom (TV film)
The Ant Bully
Director, Producer, Screen-Writer, Actor (voice of Ant #19)
The Ant Bully (VG)
Planet Sheen (TV)
Based on characters created by, as John Davis
The Lost Tomb: A Neopets Adventure
Director, Producer, Writer
Since about 2007, Davis has become a recognized astrophotographer, publishing high-resolution, generally wide-field images in astronomy magazines, and in NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.
In 2009, Davis largely founded and continues to lead APSIG, the Astrophotography Special Interest Group, associated with the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas.