Peter Brooke is the Creative Supervisor for the Academy Award®-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and is responsible for the conception, design and sculpt of each character and creature brought to life at the Shop’s LA location. His work can be seen in such films as The Producers, Cats & Dogs, Dr. Dolittle, and The Flintstones as well as the television projects Dinosaurs, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, and Brats of the Lost Nebula. Brooke works closely with the director and creative team of each film and television project to guarantee that their vision is realized in the character he creates. He also liaises with the Shop’s builders and even supervises characters on set to ensure that the original concept and design style is maintained throughout the build and performance.
Brooke began his relationship with The Jim Henson Company in 1988 as a new graduate of the film school at Manchester Polytechnic. His first project was Jim Henson’s The Storyteller as sculptor of the series’ various fantasy and folk lore characters. When the company began production in Los Angeles on Dinosaurs in 1991, Brooke relocated to the US as a sculptor and designer on the technically ambitious comedy starring an entire cast of animatronic full-body dinosaurs.
Brooke recently led the design for a new cast of characters for the upcoming animated preschool series Frances. He also recently completed work for the upcoming film version of Where the Wild Things Are and is currently working on several upcoming Henson features. His own fine art sculpture has been featured in galleries across the country for nearly ten years. He has received the Gold Medal for Best Sculpture from the California Art Club and the Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists. His work has been featured in several magazines including Southwest Art, Art Talk, Art Revue, and Wildlife Art News. Brooke is also an accomplished jazz saxophonist and plays lead alto saxophone with the Pasadena City College Big Band.