Ten aspiring creature creators competing to out-imagine one another in a series of challenges where they build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts, bringing high-end creature designs to life. The contestants compete for a prize worth up to \$100,000 including the opportunity for the job of a lifetime - a contract working at the world-renowned Jim Henson's Creature Shop™.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Kirk R. Thatcher is an American writer/producer, television and film director, an internet video director, and a production designer.
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Kirk Thatcher began his career at eighteen, leaving UCLA Film School to work at George Lucas' special effects facility, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). Thatcher was the production designer on Fincher's first music videos and spent over a year creating the look for a number of Rick Springfield and The Motels videos. Subsequently, Thatcher was hired by Leonard Nimoy to associate produce Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He also portrayed “Punk on the Bus,” the character who was seen rocking out to the song “I Hate You” in the film, which Thatcher wrote and performed for the film, recording it with sound designer Mark Mangini. Thatcher's first directorial effort was in 2002, with It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie for NBC, which drew more than 11 million viewers. Thatcher has co-written several Muppet films including Muppet Treasure Island (1996) and directed three television movies, including A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005), which premiered at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival. In 2015, Thatcher directed Turkey Hollow, a Thanksgiving-themed TV movie for The Jim Henson Company which aired on Lifetime. Thatcher is also credited as one of the three writers of the film, alongside Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl. Kirk Thatcher makes a cameo appearance as “Punk Rock Guy” in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming, as a homage to his role as “Punk on Bus” in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
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