Kelly Asbury, best known for making Oscar-nominated animated films – Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and Shrek 2 (2004) – died at the age of 60.
The Texas native died Friday morning at his Los Angeles home of complications from abdominal cancer.
“He was one of the most admired and loved people in the industry,” said his representative, Nancy Newhouse Porter of Newhouse Porter Hubbard. Deadline.
RIP: Two-time Oscar nominee Kelly Asbury died Friday at age 60
Asbury’s work at the helm and voice of characters on Shrek 2 helped make the sequel a massive blockbuster, raising $ 919.8 million on a budget of $ 150 million, while securing nominations for Oscars and Annie.
His other two names Annie Award came when he directed and co-wrote the animated fantasy comedy Gnomeo & Juliet (2011). The versatile artist also provided the voices of the tiny Red Goon gnomes in the film.
He received his star at Walt Disney Feature Animation from 1983 to 1995 and contributed to storyboards for several popular animated films like The Black Cauldron (1985), The Little Mermaid (1989), Rescuers Down Under (1990) and Beauty And The Beast (1991). ).
Massive success: Asbury’s work at the helm and voice of the characters in Shrek 2 (2004) helped make the aftermath a massive blockbuster, raising $ 919.8 million on a budget of $ 150 million, while winning Oscar and Annie Award nominations.
Asbury’s impressive resume also included artist work on the classic Pixar Toy Story (1995), which grossed $ 373.6 million on a budget of $ 30 million.
He finally joined DreamWorks later in 1995, which led to his directorial debut in Spirit in 2002, where he shared duties with Lorna Cook.
He has also written and illustrated twelve published children’s books, including Rusty’s Red Vacation, Bonnie’s Blue House and Yolanda’s Yellow School.
Acclaimed: Texas native also won an Oscar nomination for co-directing Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
Asbury has also written a non-fiction book called Dummy Days (2003), a biography of 20th century ventriloquists Jeff Dunham, Shari Lewis, Jimmy Nelson, Edgar Bergen and Paul Winchell.
In the early 2010s, he made a brief return to Disney to contribute to scripts by Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Frozen (2013).
He recently directed Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) for Sony Pictures Animation and UglyDolls (2019) for STX Entertainment.
Subsequent work: Asbury recently produced Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) for Sony Pictures Animation and UglyDolls (2019) for STX Entertainment