Kelly Asbury (born January 15, 1960) is an American animated film director, screenwriter, voice actor, published children's book author/illustrator, and non-fiction author. He is best known for directing animated films, including Shrek 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet.
|Born||Kelly Adam Asbury
January 15, 1960
Beaumont, Texas, United States
|Alma mater||California Institute of the Arts|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, voice actor, artist, author, illustrator|
|Years active||1982 to present|
|Notable work||Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Gnomeo & Juliet
Smurfs: The Lost Village
|Spouse(s)||Jacquie Boggs (2011 - present)|
Asbury was born in Beaumont, Texas and attended Lamar University for two years before transferring to the renowned California Institute of the Arts in 1980, where he studied animation and film making.
He worked at Walt Disney Animation from 1983 to 1995, and contributed storyboards for several animated films including The Little Mermaid, "Beauty and the Beast" and Toy Story. In 1993, he was the assistant art director on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
In 1995, he began working for DreamWorks, and directed 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 voices in Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.
Kelly Asbury directed and co-wrote the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), for 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.
In 2003, he wrote a non-fiction book titled Dummy Days, which is a biography of five 20th century ventriloquists. He is the author and illustrator of twelve published children's books, including Rusty's Red Vacation, Bonnie's Blue House and Yolanda's Yellow School.
In mid-2011 to mid-2012, Asbury contributed storyboards to Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" and "Frozen". Beginning in 2013, Asbury developed and directed the fully CG-animated reboot of The Smurfs called Smurfs: The Lost Village for Sony Pictures Animation, which was released on April 7, 2017.
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Director, voice of Nosey Smurf|
|2014||Achmed Saves America||Original character design|
|2013||Frozen||Additional story artist|
|2012||Wreck-It Ralph||Story artist|
|2011||Gnomeo & Juliet||Director,
story and screenplay,
voice of Red Goon Gnomes
|2007||Shrek the Third||Voice of Master of Ceremonies and Fiddlesworth|
|2002||Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron||Director|
|2000||Chicken Run||Additional story|
|1998||The Prince of Egypt||Artistic supervisor: story|
|1996||James and the Giant Peach|
|1995||Toy Story||Story artist|
|1993||The Nightmare Before Christmas||Assistant art director|
|1991||Beauty and the Beast||Story & visual development artist|
|1990||Roller Coaster Rabbit||Art director|
|The Rescuers Down Under||Character designer,
|1989||The Little Mermaid||Visual development artist|
|1987||Sport Goofy in Soccermania||Layout artist|
|1985||The Black Cauldron||Inbetween artist|
|1984||The Littles||Storyboard artist|
- "Kelly Asbury". Museum of the Gulf Coast. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- "Kelly Asbury Biography". Showtimes.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- "The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- E1 strikes UK, Canada deal for Gnomeo And Juliet | News | screendaily.com
- Kelly Asbury Interview UGO Entertainment
- "Rusty's Red Vacation". Barnes and Noble. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
- Kit, Borys (March 12, 2014). "Sony Animation Sets Slate: 'Smurfs', 'Transylvania 2,' More (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
- Lowe, Kinsey (June 14, 2015). "‘Get Smurfy’ Unveiled: Demi Lovato Joins As Smurfette, Rainn Wilson As Gargamel". Deadline. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kelly Asbury.|
- Animated Views: Gnomeo & Juliet’s director Kelly Asbury Opens His Secret Garden!
- Kelly Asbury on Internet Movie Database