R.I.P. Jimmy Murakami, pioneering animator behind The SnowmanCharlie Jane Anders2/18/14 4:46pm215EditPromoteGo to permalinkJapanese-American animator Jimmy Teruaki Murakami was known as the Father of Irish Animation. He directed the films The Snowman and When The Wind Blows, and also worked on Narnia and Christmas Carol movies. And he directed the live-action Battle Beyond the Stars. He died the other day, aged 80.