The world of animation is full of geniuses. There are so many of them that forget a single article, even a bunch of them would not be enough to list all of them. Therefore, let us have a look at 3 animation gurus who are worth talking about.

Kelly Asbury 

UG & PG Animation DegreeKelly Asbury has been in the animation business since 1983 and has worked on animation films like ‘The Little Mermaid’ (1989), ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1992), Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993), ‘Toy Story’ (1995), ‘Shrek’ (2001) etc.

He said that Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White’ got him “hooked” to the animation industry. He elaborated that after watching the film he told his mother he has to learn how to make his drawings move with such wonder.

One of his recent successful films is ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ which is a unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. In it, Kelly Asbury thought of the most unusual setting for the film: an English garden and its gnome culture.

Simon Wells 

Simon Wells is a director as well as scriptwriter who has managed to impress his audience with traditional and motion capture animation on one hand and live action on the other.

After graduating from De Montfort University in audio-visual design, Wells started directing ad films at Richard William’s animation studio. It is during this time that he worked as a Supervising Animator for Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’. Their association developed further while working on ‘Back to the Future’ sequels between the years 1989-90.

His later works, in association with DreamWorks, include ‘American Tail: Fievel Goes West’ (1991), ‘We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story’ (1993), ‘Balto (1995), ‘Antz’ (1998) and ‘The Prince of Egypt’ (1998).

After this, he tried his hands on live action with films like ‘The Time Machine’ (2002). He again went back to his work as a story artist with Dreamworks in films like ‘Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron’ (2002),’ Shrek 2’ (2004), ‘Madagascar’ (2005) and ‘Flushed Away’ (2006).

His most recent film is ‘Mars Needs Moms’ which received mixed reviews and did a fair business at the box office.

Troy Quane

Troy Quane began his career in animation in the year 1995. While he was studying in Sheridan College he started working for Phoenix Animation Studios as a Character Designer. He was made the Production Designer of the studio within the next three months. And he worked as a Design Supervisor and Art Director in the studio for the next eighteen months.

In 1996, he worked with Walt Disney on several direct–to-video films which included ‘Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas’, ‘Pocahontas II: Journey to the New World’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas’.

M.A. in Multimedia Animation He left Walt Disney in 1999 to do freelance work and later went on to work as a Senior Animator in films like  Universal’s ‘Curious George’, Warner Bros. Feature Animation’s ‘Osmosis Jones’, ‘Titan A.E.’, Disney’s ‘The Tigger Movie’ and  Sony’s ‘Eight Crazy Nights’.

His recent venture is a twenty two minute mini movie ‘The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol’.

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