David Kirschner

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David Kirschner
David Montgomery Kirschner

(1955-05-29) May 29, 1955 (age 65)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
OccupationFilm producer, television producer, screenwriter
Years active1983–present
Notable work
An American Tail
Child's Play
Curious George

David Montgomery Kirschner (born May 29, 1955) is an American film & television producer and screenwriter. His producing credits include the animated feature An American Tail (also wrote) and Child's Play horror film series.


After studying at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Kirschner began his career designing album cover art for Neil Diamond, most notably Neil Diamond's The Jazz Singer, and illustrating characters for the Muppets and Sesame Street. In 1983, Kirschner created and released children's book series Rose Petal Place, which spawned two Television specials, toys, clothing and a wide array of licensed consumer products. In 1986, Kirschner created and executive produced An American Tail, which was co-executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and, at its release, was the highest grossing non-Disney produced animated feature of all-time. It was followed by its theatrical sequel An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), the television series Fievel's American Tails, and two direct-to-video sequels. Kirschner was appointed chairman of Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1989, where he created and executive produced many films, specials and shows, including Wake, Rattle & Roll, Gravedale High and The Pirates of Dark Water.

Kirschner is also creator of the Chucky animatronic doll which is featured in the Chucky series. He has produced all seven films in the franchise, including the recent Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky, direct-to-video films made by Universal 1440 Entertainment. Other notable productions include 1997's Cats Don't Dance, winner of the 25th annual Annie Award for Best Animated Feature,[1] 2006's Curious George, based upon the book series of the same name, Martian Child, and Golden Globe-nominated Miss Potter. His recent work includes, executive producer on Curious George, Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elder Witch (In-Development for Disney), Cult of Chucky (for Universal 1440 Entertainment), Random (In Pre-Production for The Weinstein Company) and Garden District (In-Development for Dimension Films). Kirschner is currently head of his own production company, David Kirschner Productions.



Title Year Producer Executive
Writer Director(s) Notes
Rose Petal Place 1984 Yes Creator Charles Nichols Short animated film; direct-to-TV
Rose Petal Place: Real Friends 1985 Yes Creator Charles Nichols Short animated film; direct-to-TV
An American Tail 1986 Yes Creator & Story Don Bluth Animated film
Child's Play 1988 Yes Tom Holland Also created Chucky doll
Poochinsk 1990 Yes Story Will Mackenzie Unsold television pilot
Child's Play 2 1990 Yes John Lafia Also created Chucky doll
The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story 1990 Yes Story Jack Bender Direct-to-TV
Child's Play 3 1991 Yes Jack Bender Also created Chucky doll
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 Yes Creator Phil Nibbelink
Simon Wells
Animated film
The Last Halloween 1991 Yes Savage Steve Holland Live action-animated special; direct-to-TV
Monster in My Pocket: The Big Scream 1992 Yes Don Lusk Short animated film; direct-to-TV
Once Upon a Forest 1993 Yes Charles Grosvenor Animated film
Hocus Pocus 1993 Yes Story Kenny Ortega
The Halloween Tree 1993 Yes Mario Piluso Animated film; direct-to-TV
The Town Santa Forgot 1993 Yes Robert Alvarez Short animated film; direct-to-TV
The Flintstones 1994 Yes Brian Levant
The Pagemaster 1994 Yes Yes Joe Johnston Live action-animated film
Cats Don't Dance 1997 Yes Mark Dindal Animated film
Bride of Chucky 1998 Yes Ronny Yu Also created Chucky and Tiffany dolls
Titan A.E. 2000 Yes Don Bluth Animated film
Frailty 2001 Yes Bill Paxton
Secondhand Lions 2003 Yes Tim McCanlies
Seed of Chucky 2004 Yes Don Mancini Also created Chucky, Tiffany and Glen dolls
Thru the Moebius Strip 2005 Yes Glenn Chaika
Kelvin Lee
Animated film
Curious George 2006 Yes Matthew O'Callaghan Animated film
Miss Potter 2006 Yes Chris Noonan
Martian Child 2007 Yes Menno Meyjes
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! 2009 Yes Norton Virgien Animated film; direct-to-DVD
Curse of Chucky 2013 Yes Don Mancini Also created Chucky doll; direct-to-DVD
Kristy 2014 Yes Olly Blackburn
Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle 2015 Yes Phil Weinstein Animated film; direct-to-DVD
Cult of Chucky 2017 Yes Don Mancini Also created Chucky and Tiffany dolls; direct-to-DVD
Curious George: Royal Monkey 2019 Yes Doug Murphy Animated film; direct-to-DVD
Ren and Stimpy: It's Our House Now! 2020 Yes Jessica Borutski Short animated film
Curious George TBA Yes Andrew Adamson
Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elder Witch TBA Yes Adam Shankman Direct-to-streaming film for Disney+

Television series[edit]

Title Year(s) Executive
Writer Notes
Gravedale High 1990 Yes Creator Animated (13 episodes)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures 1990 Yes Animated (13 episodes)
Wake, Rattle and Roll 1990-1991 Yes Creator Live action-animated (50 episodes)
The Pirates of Dark Water 1991-1993 Yes Creator Animated (21 episodes)
Fish Police 1992 Yes Animated (6 episodes)
Fievel's American Tails 1992 Creator Animated (13 episodes); also executive creative consultant
The Addams Family 1992-1993 Yes Animated (21 episodes)
Capitol Critters 1992-1995 Yes Animated (13 episodes)
Earth: Final Conflict 1997-1999 Yes Yes Animated (49 episodes); wrote episode "Law & Order"
Five Days to Midnight 2004 Yes Miniseries (5 episodes)
Curious George 2006-present Yes Animated (158 episodes + 3 specials)
Chucky 2021 Yes Future series


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-04-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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