On June 26, 2020, the outstanding animator, Kelly Asbury passed away. Asbury’s death was confirmed by his representative Nancy Porter. The 60-year-old death is attributed to cancer.
His Early Years
He was born on Jan. 15, 1960 in Beaumont, Texas. When Asbury was 17 he wrote to Walt Disney Studios asking how one becomes an animator for their company. At the time Don A. Duckwall was the production manager, he saw the promising future Asbury offered and told him to submit his work.
After receiving his submitted pieces he was encouraged to go to the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). This school offers degrees in Character Animation. In 1980, Asbury started his education at CalArts.
Asbury was a fan of ventriloquism, he had a lifelong passion for this unconventional art. He wrote a non-fiction book about the subject called “Dummy Days – America’s Favorite Ventriloquists from Radio and Early TV.”
Ashbury worked on many various films throughout his three decades of work. In 1989, he worked on “The Little Mermaid,” as one of the visual development artists. From there he worked on “Beauty and the Beats,” in 1992. Some of the other movies he worked on are: “Sherk 1-2,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” and Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
The talented animator is survived by his wife, Jacquie Boggs, and various family and friends. Many people who worked with Asbury has taken to social media to pay tribute to him. May he rest in peace.
By Sheena Robertson
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