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      Karey Kirkpatrick

      Karey Kirkpatrick

      Highest Rated: 97% Chicken Run (2000)

      Lowest Rated: 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013)

      Birthday: Dec 14, 1964

      Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, USA

      A former actor with a musical theatre background, Karey Kirkpatrick ventured into screenwriting and directing after an unsuccessful bid of selling a script to Disney Studios. The script (for an animated musical) was ultimately passed over, but the studio, impressed with Kirkpatrick's talent, hired him as a full-time staff writer. While his stint at Disney yielded just one film, 1990's "The Rescuers Down Under," the experience proved to be a valuable launching point for his writing career in animation, with the list of Kirkpatrick-penned screenplays growing to include such films as "James and the Giant Peach" (1996) and the Golden Globe-nominated "Chicken Run" (2000). While his work rarely ventured outside of animated features, beginning in the late 2000s, Kirkpatrick began writing scripts for live-action films, including a 2005 film adaptation of the Douglas Adams sci-fi novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and the offbeat 2007 indie comedy "Flakes"; he made his directorial debut on the family comedy "Imagine That" (2009), starring Eddie Murphy.

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      IMAGINE THAT, from left: director Karey Kirkpatrick, Eddie Murphy, Yara Shahidi, on set, 2009. ph: Bruce McBroom/©Paramount IMAGINE THAT, from left: director Karey Kirkpatrick, Eddie Murphy, on set, 2009. ph: Bruce McBroom/©Paramount IMAGINE THAT, director Karey Kirkpatrick, on set, 2009. ph: Bruce McBroom/©Paramount IMAGINE THAT, from left: Yara Shahidi, director Karey Kirkpatrick, on set, 2009. ph: Bruce McBroom/©Paramount

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      81% 72% Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      - 2023
      No Score Yet 95% The True Don Quixote Executive Producer - 2019
      76% 62% Smallfoot Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $83.2M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smallfoot Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      - 2018
      14% 56% The Smurfs 2 Screenwriter $71.0M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Smurfs 2 3D Screenwriter - 2013
      94% 85% The Secret World of Arrietty Screenwriter - 2010
      41% 40% Imagine That Director $16.1M 2009
      81% 63% The Spiderwick Chronicles Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $71.1M 2008
      22% 46% Flakes Screenwriter $613 2007
      79% 62% Charlotte's Web Writer $82.5M 2006
      75% 71% Over the Hedge Director,
      Screenwriter
      $155.0M 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Over the Hedge Director - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Over the Hedge Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2006
      60% 65% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Writer $51.0M 2005
      55% 55% The Little Vampire Screenwriter $13.6M 2000
      97% 65% Chicken Run Screenwriter - 2000
      25% 27% Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Screenwriter - 1997
      91% 66% James and the Giant Peach Screenwriter $28.9M 1996
      72% 68% The Rescuers Down Under Screenwriter - 1990