SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMMARON
KELLY ASBURY (Director),
a 19-year veteran in animation, makes his directorial debut with "Spirit: Stallion of the
Cimarron." He had earlier served as a story supervisor on DreamWorks' first traditionally animated feature
"The Prince of Egypt," along with Lorna Cook. Asbury 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 wrote 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
Thanksgiving Parade. Due
out in Fall 2002, his newest book, Dummy
Favorite Ventriloquists From Radio and Early TV,
is a vintage photo-filled volume targeted for adults, which features commentary from film critic
historian Leonard Maltin.
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