Kelly Asbury

Born: Jan. 15, 1960 in Beaumont, Texas

Died: June 26, 2020, in Encino, California

Kelly Asbury is an American animated film director, screenwriter, voice actor, published children's book

author/illustrator, and non-fiction writer. He is best known for directing animated films, including “Shrek 2” (2004) and “Gnomeo & Juliet” (2011).


Currently, Kelly Asbury is directing an all-new animated feature film “The Ugly Dolls Movie” (coming 2019).


A native of Beaumont, Texas, Asbury attended Lamar University for two years before transferring to the renowned California Institute of the Arts in 1980, in Valencia, where

he studied animation and film making.


From 1983 until 1995, Asbury worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation, contributing designs and storyboards for several popular animated films including “The Little Mermaid”

(1989) and “Beauty and The Beast” (1991).


He was an assistant art director on Tim Burton's “The Nightmare before Christmas” (1993) and provided storyboards for “Toy Story” (1995).


In August 1995, he began working for DreamWorks, where he began as Head of Story  on  "The Prince of Egypt” (1998),  then went on to direct two Academy Award nominated

feature films, “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” (2002) and “Shrek 2” (2004).


In addition to directing, Asbury provided some of the extra character voices in “Shrek 2” (2004) and “Shrek The Third” (2007).


Also in 2007, Kelly Asbury relocated to London, England, where he directed and co-wrote “Gnomeo & Juliet” (2011), on which he also provided the voices of the tiny Red Goon

Gnomes.  He was nominated for two Annie Awards for directing and co-writing that film.. 



Outside of the animation realm, Kelly Asbury has written a non-fiction book titled “Dummy Day: America’s Favorite Ventriloquist From Radio and Early TV” (2002).


He is also the author and illustrator of twelve published children's books, including 1997’s Rusty’s Red Vacation, Bonnie’s Blue House and Yolanda’s Yellow School.”  From 2011 to 2012, Asbury contributed storyboards to Disney's “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012) and “Frozen” (2013).


Some of Kelly Asbury’s other animated films to which he’s contributed include “James and The Giant Peach” (1996), “Chicken Run” (2000), “Madagascar: Escape 2”, “Africa” (2008), “Shrek” (2011), “Smurfs”: The Lost Village” (2017) and the new animated film version of “The Addams Family” (2018).


Asbury resides in Southern California and, when he’s not busy directing animated movies, he spends most of his time developing new film and television projects, both animated and live action, as well as exploring ideas for new books on a variety of subjects.                                                                                                                      12/9/2018

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