KAREY KIRKPATRICK (Director / Screenplay / Screen Story / Executive Producer) is
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
Award and the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting award, he began his career as a staff
Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he penned his first feature length
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
Animation, writing the screenplay for Aardman Animations' "Chicken Run," a
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
the Hedge," for which he won the 2007 Annie Award for Best Direction. He did the
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,
Kirkpatrick's other screenplay credits include "Charlotte's Web," "Hitchhikers
Guild to the
Galaxy," "The Spiderwick Chronicles" and "Smurfs 2." He directed the film
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
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,
Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. "Something Rotten!" recently
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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