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KAREY KIRKPATRICK (Director / Screenplay / Screen Story / Executive Producer) is a writer, director and composer with 30 years of professional experience. An alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic arts, where he was the recipient of the Robert Riskin Screenwriting Award and the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting award, he began his career as a staff writer for Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he penned his first feature length screenplay, "The Rescuers Down Under." His relationship with Disney continued, writing screenplays for "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves" and "James and the Giant Peach."

From there, he began a 20-year relationship with Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation, writing the screenplay for Aardman Animations' "Chicken Run," a Golden Globe nominee for Best Comedy, and working as a consultant and contributing writer on films such as "Spirit," "The Road to El Dorado" and "Madagascar," as well as co-writing and co-directing "Over the Hedge," for which he won the 2007 Annie Award for Best Direction. He did the English language adaptations for Studio Ghibli's "The Secret World of Arrietty" and "From Up on Poppy Hill." He also served as creative consultant on Nick Park's latest feature, "Early Man."

Kirkpatrick's other screenplay credits include "Charlotte's Web," "Hitchhikers Guild to the Galaxy," "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and "Smurfs 2." He directed the film "Imagine That," starring Eddie Murphy, and recently completed the screenplay for "Chicken Run 2," which is currently in production and scheduled for release in 2020.

Along with his brother, Wayne, and book writer John O'Farrell, Karey co-wrote book, music and lyrics for the Broadway musical "Something Rotten!", which ran on Broadway at the St. James theater for 742 performances and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. "Something Rotten!" recently completed its first national tour for 75 weeks across 50 U.S. cities. The team is currently working on their next musical, "Mrs. Doubtfire," for producer Kevin McCollum.

Kirkpatrick also co-composed, with Wayne Kirkpatrick, the songs for "Smallfoot."

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