Kelly Asbury, Director Of Shrek 2, Dies At 60 After Battling Cancer

Kelly Asbury
Kelly Asbury

Kelly Asbury, who directed Oscar-nominated films including “Shrek 2” and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” has died at the age of 60.

The American animated film director on died Friday, June 26, in Los Angeles following a long battle with abdominal cancer, a representative for Asbury, Nancy Newhouse Porter confirmed in a statement.

Asbury, who started his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1983, directed five animated feature films during his career: “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” which was released in 2002; “Shrek 2″ in 2004, which he co-directed with Conrad Vernon; 2011’s “Gnomeo & Juliet”; 2017’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village”; and his final directorial effort was 2019’s “Ugly Dolls.”

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He was also credited for his work on “The Little Mermaid,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “The Prince of Egypt,” “Chicken Run,” “Shrek,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Frozen” and “Sherlock Gnomes.”

In addition, Asbury earned himself credit as a writer in the 1991 film “Beauty and the Beast” and worked as a story artist on “Toy Story” in 1995 and both “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” in 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Jacquie Boggs and stepsons Andrew and Connor Boggs.