Director, Animator, Author Kelly Asbury

KellyAsburyAnimated feature films have been around since “Snow White,” but they’ve changed dramatically. How do artists and directors keep up? I talked with Kelly Asbury, veteran Hollywood animator and director of the new movie, Sony Pictures’ “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” as well as “Shrek 2” about the technical and creative process behind the stories that capture our imagination and define childhood and even adulthood in many ways.

Kelly started out in film animation working on “Toy Story” and has been involved in most of the great ones since then, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and others. He’s penned children’s books and has cultivated his passion for art that reaches kids since he was a kid drawing stories with his dad.

Kelly talks about working with the big studios, how art informs culture and even hints at some ideas he has for future projects. We also discuss how it’s been making the transition from pen-and-ink animation cells to 3-D computer animation. It’s a deeper dive into new waters for the CultureCast: check it out.

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About Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is the creator and editor of BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE and BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS. He has a memoir on faith, family and parenting called PREGMANCY: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date, and Hachette published his first hardcover book, "postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?" in 2014. His first novel, "Blood Doctrine," has been optioned by a Hollywood production company for a possible TV series.

Christian is the cofounder and cohost of the Homebrewed CultureCast, a podcast about popular culture, current events and spirituality that has a weekly audience of 25,000 people (http://homebrewedchristianity.com/category/culturecast/).

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