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Kelly Asbury is currently directing Sony Pictures Animation's upcoming all-new fully CG-animated feature reboot Smurfs: The Lost Village which is slated for worldwide theatrical release on April 7, 2017.
Kelly also directed and co-wrote the 3D CG-animated feature film Gnomeo & Juliet.
Kelly's other past directorial efforts include the Oscar-nominated films Shrek 2 and Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron.
During his over thirty year career as an animation artist, Kelly has served many creative capacities on some of Hollywood's most popular animated films, including Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Shrek, Toy Story, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.
Kelly also provided a variety of character voices on Gnomeo & Juliet and Shrek 2.
In addition to films, Kelly is a noted author and illustrator of several published children's books, as well as having written and compiled the offbeat, non-fiction book, Dummy Days - America's Favorite Ventriloquists from Radio and Early TV.
Kelly resides in Southern California. You can keep up with him at SmurfsProductionBlog.com.