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The Director Of Popular Animation Film, Shrek 2, Dies At 60

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At the age of 60, Kelly Asbury, the American animator and director of many famous nominated Oscar awards, has died.

"Shrek 2" and "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" are famous among his works.

Kelly Asbury, the American animator and Director of several popular Oscar awards nominated films has died at the age of 60.

Famous among his works are “Shrek 2” and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,”

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He died on Friday June 26, in Los Angeles, USA following a long battle with abdominal cancer, a representative for Asbury, Nancy Newhouse Porter confirmed in a statement.

Asbury who began 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.”

He also earned credits 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.”

Moreover, 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.

The late Director is however survived by his wife, Jacquie Boggs and stepsons Andrew and Connor Boggs.

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