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Kelly Asbury

Kelly Asbury

Kelly Asbury made his directorial debut with the animated adventure Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. He had earlier served as a story supervisor on DreamWorks' first traditionally animated feature The Prince of Egypt. He was also a story artist on the animated hits Shrek and Chicken Run.

Asbury began his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1983, where he remained for the next 12 years. While at Disney, he worked as a storyboard artist on such films as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story and James and the Giant Peach. He served as an art director on the Roger Rabbit short Roller Coaster Rabbit, and as an assistant art director on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

In addition to his film work, Asbury has written and illustrated a number of published children's books, including the Halloween-themed titles Witch Dot, Frankensquare and Candy Corn, which hit stores in Fall 2001. He also wrote and illustrated the children's books Where Is Snowy's Nose?, Rusty's Red Vacation, Bonnie's Blue House and Yolanda's Yellow School, and provided the artwork for the books Turkey Time and Thanksgiving Parade. His latest book, Dummy Days: America's Favorite Ventriloquists From Radio and Early TV, is a vintage photo-filled volume targeted for adults, which features commentary from film critic and entertainment historian Leonard Maltin.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Kelly Asbury Facts

OccupationDirector, Animator

Selected Filmography

Not available.