Born and raised in Louisiana, Kirkpatrick attended a performing arts high school and started out as an actor. His career pursuits eventually landed him on the streets of Walt Disney World's EPCOT Center, where he performed improvisational audience-participation street theater. As his artistic focus turned to writing, he was accepted to the USC School of Cinema-Television's Filmic Writing Program, where he won the Robert Riskin Screenwriting Award and the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award.
Immediately out of film school, Kirkpatrick landed a job as a staff writer at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he worked for more than three years. During that time, he earned his first screenwriting credit as a co-writer on The Rescuers Down Under. Since then, Kirkpatrick has been working almost non-stop as a freelance screenwriter. He co-wrote the comedy Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, which, together with his animation experience, led to his co-writing the acclaimed stop-motion animated feature James and the Giant Peach. In addition, he adapted the film's script into a children's storybook, featuring illustrations and conceptual designs by award-winning illustrator Lane Smith.
Kirkpatrick went on to write the screenplay for DreamWorks' and Aardman's award-winning clay-animated comedy Chicken Run, which was named the best-reviewed movie of 2000. On the live-action side, he co-wrote the screenplay for the family comedy fantasy The Little Vampire. He more recently collaborated with author Douglas Adams on the screenplay for the sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, based on Adams' enduring bestseller.
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