Tribute to Jimmy Murakami, one of Cartoon’s founders

Tribute to Jimmy Murakami, one of Cartoon’s founders

The animation community grieves for the loss of Jimmy Murakami, acclaimed Japanese American animator and director who lived almost his whole life in his adopted country Ireland.

Jimmy was one of the 43 animation professionals who signed the act of creating CARTOON on 17 February 1988. He was also part of CARTOON’s Board of Directors for many years.

Jimmy Murakami was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film for The Magic Pear Tree (1968). His best known films include When the Wind Blows and The Snowman.

Always smiling, Jimmy was a great man, on the artistic as on the personal level.

It is a great loss for European animation. Even in his later years he was a huge presence in the Irish animation community.

He'll be sorely missed and fondly remembered.