Thorne had his final collaboration with Lester on the little seen 1984 comedy Finders Keepers, which gave Jim Carrey one of his first Hollywood film roles (Lester retired after making The Return of the Musketeers - the tragic, on-set death of actor Roy Kinnear was a devastating emotional blow for the film maker), but found an equally loyal collaborator in director Kevin Connor.
Best known for such genre films as The Land That Time Forgot, At the Earth's Core and Motel Hell, Connor
first worked with Thorne on the features Arabian Adventure and The House Where Evil Dwells, but the team worked steadily on TV projects through the next few decades, on such diverse projects as a Disney Channel remake of Great Expectations, biopics on Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor, an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's The Apocalypse Watch, and the Biblical drama Mary, Mother of Jesus, starring Christian Bale as the Son of God.
Thorne received an Emmy nomination for the original song "For A Love Like You" from the 1995 TV movie A Season of Hope, and his final score before retirement was Connor's
2007 TV movie Marco Polo, with Ian Somerholder as the explorer.