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Kelly Adam 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.

Kelly Asbury
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Asbury in 2016
Kelly Adam Asbury

(1960-01-15) January 15, 1960 (age 59)
Alma materLamar University California Institute of the Arts
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, voice actor, artist, author, illustrator
Years active1982 to present
Notable work
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Shrek 2
Gnomeo & Juliet
Spouse(s)Jacquie Boggs (2011 - present)


Early lifeEdit

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.[1]


He worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios from 1983 to 1995, and contributed storyboards for several animated films including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Toy Story.[2] In 1993, he was the assistant art director on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.[3]

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.[4]

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,[5] including Rusty's Red Vacation, Bonnie's Blue House and Yolanda's Yellow School.[6]

In mid-2011 to mid-2012, Asbury briefly returned to Walt Disney Animation Studios to contribute storyboards to Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen.

In March 2018, Asbury began directing STX Entertainment’s first animated feature UglyDolls, to be released May 3, 2019.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Asbury currently resides in Southern California.[1]


Year Film Role
2019 UglyDolls Director[7]
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Director,[8][9]
voice of Nosey Smurf
2013 Frozen Additional story artist
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Story artist
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Director
Story and Screenplay
voice of Red Goon Gnomes
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Additional story artist
Kung Fu Panda
2007 Shrek the Third Voice of Master of Ceremonies and Fiddlesworth
2004 Shrek 2 Director,
additional voices,
(ADR group)
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Director
2001 Shrek Story artist
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,
storyboard artist,
visual development
1989 The Little Mermaid Visual development artist
1987 Sport Goofy in Soccermania Layout artist
1985 The Black Cauldron Inbetween artist


  1. ^ a b "Kelly Asbury". Museum of the Gulf Coast. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Kelly Asbury Biography". Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  4. ^ E1 strikes UK, Canada deal for Gnomeo And Juliet | News |
  5. ^ Kelly Asbury Interview Archived 2011-05-15 at the Wayback Machine UGO Entertainment
  6. ^ "Rusty's Red Vacation". Barnes and Noble. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Gregg Kilday (July 10, 2018). "Kelly Clarkson Joins 'UglyDolls' Voice Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (March 12, 2014). "Sony Animation Sets Slate: 'Smurfs', 'Transylvania 2,' More (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  9. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (June 14, 2015). "'Get Smurfy' Unveiled: Demi Lovato Joins As Smurfette, Rainn Wilson As Gargamel". Deadline. Retrieved June 14, 2015.

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