The Jim Henson Hour (1989–1992)
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Monster Maker 

A boy dreams of working for his mentor, a creature-maker, and comes face to face with a giant creature.


Giles Foster


Nicholas Fisk (novel), Matthew Jacobs




Episode complete credited cast:
Kieran O'Brien ... Matt Banting
Harry Dean Stanton ... Chancey Bellow
George Costigan ... Father
Amanda Dickinson Amanda Dickinson ... Mother
Alison Steadman ... Perriwinkle
Grant Bardsley Grant Bardsley ... Ben
Bill Moody Bill Moody ... Reg
Matthew Scurfield ... Vaughn
Jonathan Coy ... Teacher
Michael Gambon ... Ultragorgon (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Ashton Tony Ashton ... Ultragorgon
Michael Bayliss Michael Bayliss ... Ultragorgon
Martin Carroll Martin Carroll ... Ultragorgon (as Martin Anthony)
Sue Dacre Sue Dacre ... Ultragorgon
David Greenaway David Greenaway ... Ultragorgon


A young boy wants to work with a famous creature/fx man but gets more than he bargained when one of the creatures, The Ultra-Gorgon, takes him under his wing. Literally. Written by Kathy Li

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based on novel | See All (1) »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy







Release Date:

9 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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The Ultra-Gorgon was built in a disused church. Members of Jim Henson's Creature Shop couldn't begin construction until they got into the church, which was about five weeks before shooting began. Since the character was intended to look like an unfinished special-effects monster, the team decided to build until they ran out of time, starting from the feet upward. Three nights before production began, the Ultra-Gorgon's wings arrived at the build site. See more »


Father: [Chancey hands over wads of cash from a safe for Matt's work] You're mad.
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Spoofs How to Make a Monster (1958) See more »

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Unusual family film
23 February 2005 | by GazHackSee all my reviews

This is a story aimed at any young SF/fantasy fan who's got monster models in their bedroom and a library of cinema magazines on the shelves. Apparently it was inspired by all the letters which the Jim Henson Creature Shop receive from young fans wanting to work for them. Adapted from the book by Nicholas Fisk, it actually improves on the original by taking the villains of the piece out of the hero's school class and putting them into his troubled family, creating an extra moral dilemma. Harry Dean Stanton is impressive in a rare starring role as the renown, dour, slightly manipulative special effects expert and Kieran O'Brien handles the lead part with a realistic performance. The gigantic dragon is an impressive creation and it is only a shame it is not on screen for longer. This pleasant little tale about growing up and having a dream makes a clever companion piece to "The Storyteller" and "Labyrinth".

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