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Kirk Thatcher

Thatcher on the set of Return of the Jedi.


With David Arquette and Whoopi Goldberg on the set of It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.


Jim Henson and Kirk Thatcher


Choking Pepe on the set of The Muppets' Wizard of Oz


Bobby Moynihan, Kermit and Kirk Thatcher at rehearsals for The Muppets Take the Bowl.


Thatcher directs Kermit on the set of It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.

Kirk Thatcher (b. February 14) is a writer and director who has worked with the Muppets since 1989. His career began at age 18 working for George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic. During his time with ILM, he designed, built, painted, and puppeteered creatures for numerous films including Return of the Jedi, Star Trek II, Star Trek III, E.T., Poltergeist, and Gremlins.

Thatcher would go on to become a concept artist and designer for several music videos, served as an associate producer for Star Trek IV - making a notable onscreen cameo as well - and started a production company for director David Fincher.

Beginning in 1988, Thatcher worked on The Jim Henson Hour as an associate producer. Dinosaurs followed in 1991, a television series for which he developed, produced and wrote. He also designed several of the show's characters. During the 1990's, Thatcher was on the writing staff for Muppets Tonight, and co-wrote Muppet Treasure Island.

Thatcher continues to work on Muppet productions for Disney, as well as on projects for the Jim Henson Company, directing episodes of Neil's Puppet Dreams (starring Neil Patrick Harris) and the telefilm Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow. He also appeared as a judge on the 2014 reality series, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge.

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