An American screenwriter and director, Kirkpatrick is best known for his screenplays of James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte's Web and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with directing credits that include Imagine That and Over the Hedge. Kirkpatrick is an alumnus of the USC School of Cinema-Television's Filmic Writing Program, where he was awarded the Robert Riskin Screenwriting Award and the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Awards. He spent three years working as a staff writer in the Animation department at Walt Disney Features, as well as a long-standing relationship as a writer for Dreamworks Animation. Most recently, Kirpatrick co-wrote the new Broadway musical, Something Rotten!, alongside his brother, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and British comedy writer John O'Farrell.
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