Bristol-born animator James Baxter has had an impressive career so far. He's the character animator behind many iconic characters, including Disney's Belle, Ariel and Quasimodo. He's also worked on films including Shrek 2 and Madagascar, as well as Monsters vs Aliens and How to Train Your Dragon.

If that's not cool enough, James even has an entire episode of Adventure Time named after him.

Currently supervising animator at Dreamworks Animation, James' most recently released project is The Croods, an animated comedy about a family of cavemen. James served as head of character animation for the film, and we caught up with him to find out more about how the film was animated, the artistic decisions behind the style of animation and the characters, the negatives of motion capture and the key to success in the animation industry.

Use the slideshow controls above and right for an inside perspective on animated movies and character design, as well as James' advice for fellow animators.

Right: Animator James Baxter