Asbury in 2016
Kelly Adam Asbury
January 15, 1960
Beaumont, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Lamar University California Institute of the Arts|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, voice actor, artist, author, illustrator|
|Years active||1982 to present|
|Employer||Walt Disney Animation Studios (1983-1995, 2009-2013)|
DreamWorks Animation (1995-2009)
|Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron|
Gnomeo & Juliet
Smurfs: The Lost Village
|Loretta Weeks (1990 - 2006) Jacquie Boggs (2011 - present)|
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.
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.
Asbury got his start at Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1983 to 1995, and contributed storyboards for several animated films including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, as well as Pixar's first feature film, 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 Animation, 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 briefly returned to Disney to contribute storyboards to Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen. He recently directed Smurfs: The Lost Village for Sony Pictures Animation and UglyDolls for STX Entertainment.
|2019||The Addams Family||Additional Story Artist|
voice of Gibberish Cat, Oliver, Chef, and Buttons
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Director,|
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|
|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|