The Jim Henson Hour (1989– )
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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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy







Release Date:

9 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Matt Banting: I want to be a monster maker just like you. I want you to see my work.
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Spoofs How to Make a Monster (1958) See more »

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Definitely Dated, But Not Bad
30 August 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A young boy (Kieran O'Brien) wants to work with a famous creature/fx man (Harry Dean Stanton) but gets more than he bargained when one of the creatures turns out to be alive.

The first thing you will notice about this film is how British it is, which struck me as odd for a Jim Henson production. But, hey, what do I know? The next thing you will notice is that this is from 1989 and very much feels like it. While there is nothing wrong with the movie, it has a feel that is just not right for today's audience.

I am curious about the family message, because the dad's words and actions make him out to be a jerk. A really, really big jerk. After some odd plot turns, we see the dad is a variety of different ways. Ways that may or may not make sense or be remotely believed. But, hey, maybe kids believe some goofy things.

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