executive-produced with Steven Spielberg
the animated smash hit An American Tail, which led to the sequel American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West, a Saturday morning animated series and the direct-to-video features American Tails 3, 4 and 5. Kirschner produced the Child's Play horror film series and created the film's star, an animatronic doll called Chucky. Kirschner and his company's additional feature film credits include Hocus Pocus, The Flintstones, Once Upon a Forest, The Pagemaster, Cats Don't Dance and Titan A.E. Kirschner most recently produced the critically acclaimed Frailty for Lions Gate Films. Directed by Bill Paxton
, the film starred Paxton, Matthew McConaughey
and Powers Boothe
. Kirschner's company is also in production on Universal Pictures' CGI film adaptation of the children's classic Curious George, for which he teamed up with Imagine's Ron Howard
and Brian Grazer
As Chairman of Hanna-Barbera, Kirschner launched a full slate of animated television programs in the early ‘90s, including the Emmy Award-winning The Addams Family and Pirates of Dark Water. He also created and produced a number of innovative television specials including the Emmy Award-winning The Last Halloween; the Emmy nominated The Dreamer of Oz; and The Halloween Tree, written and narrated by Ray Bradbury, which won an Emmy Award for Best Animated Program.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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