In a 2007 interview, Frawley recalled how he got the job directing The Muppet Movie:
Frawley's other credits as a film director included the disaster spoof The Big Bus (with Stockard Channing, Sally Kellerman, and Richard Mulligan) and The Christian Licorice Store. With the exception of the 1985 sex comedy Fraternity Vacation, his post-Muppet Movie work has been almost exclusively in television, and covered a wide range, from several installments of Columbo and Law & Order to the Ally McBeal pilot, Smallville, and Grey's Anatomy.
- Bruce Fessier "'Monkees' TV director and Indian Wells resident James Frawley dies in desert he loved", Desert Sun, January 23, 2019.
- Peter Hartlaub, "Q&A: 'The Muppet Movie' director James Frawley", The Poop, March 2, 2007.