John Stevenson was a designer and storyboard artist during the preproduction phase of The Dark Crystal, although he is uncredited in the film. Stevenson began his work in film and television on The Muppet Show during the series’ second season. He designed the full body puppet character Fletcherbird for dancer Graham Fletcher, a band of punk-rock Muppets to play with Debbie Harry of Blondie, a gargoyle to sing the vaudeville classic “For Me and My Gal,” and other puppet characters and scenes for a variety of sketches on the series. Continuing to work with Jim Henson, Stevenson did storyboard designs for The Great Muppet Caper and Labyrinth, and he designed puppet and full body suit characters for a series called InnerTube, which would later evolve into the television series, The Jim Henson Hour. Stevenson has contributed to several Muppet coloring books and publications, and he was involved in production of the 1998 Henson Series, B.R.A.T.S of The Lost Nebula. Outside of the Henson world, he has worked on Frank Oz’s film version of Little Shop of Horrors, and more recently co-directed and was nominated for an Academy Award for Kung Fu Panda. Stevenson was also part of the DreamWorks team for ShrekShrek 2, and Madagascar. He has been an animator for more than thirty years and has other animated works currently in progress.

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