Jim Jinkins is the creator of the Nickelodeon series, Doug. He also created the movie for Doug, as well as a hit cartoon, PB&J Otter.
Background & Career
Jinkins was born on August 8, 1953 and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. After graduating from Lipscomb University, he attended graduate school at Ohio State University to study animation and filmmaking. One of his first animation jobs was for the Children's Television Workshop's PBS program, Square One Television.
Jinkins worked in advertising, creating TV commercials and promotions featuring a young boy and a dog, which would become the main characters of his major creation. Jim had developed Doug Funnie through doodles during a time of the early days of his career. Doug and his dog Porkchop would star in a popular children's book, "Doug got a new pair of shoes", which evolved into an animated cartoon series. He sold the Doug pilot to Nickelodeon. The pilot tested higher than any other pilot for the network at the time. Jinkins established Jumbo Pictures in 1990 to produce Doug for Nickelodeon. Doug's success caught the eyes of Disney executives. In 1996 Jim sold Jumbo Pictures to Disney. Disney then developed Disney's Doug (originally Brand Spanking New Doug) as part of their "One Saturday Morning" lineup. Jinkins also created the TV show for Nick Jr, Allegra's Window.
Jinkins also co-produced four direct-to-video Richard Scarry cartoons with Random House and the Scarry family from 1993 to 1994.
Jinkins and his team at Jumbo Pictures have produced the PB&J Otter and 101 Dalmatians animated series and feature film Doug's 1st Movie for Disney. Jinkins has also founded an independent company, Cartoon Pizza, which produces shows such as JoJo's Circus, Stanley, HoopDogz and "Pinky Dinky Doo".
- 50A: Doug's in the Money (with David Campbell)