From Chelmsford High to Monsters U.

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When the Kelly family of Chelmsford ate at the local Friendly’s, Dean Kelly was the kid more interested in drawing pictures on his placemat than in eating fries or ice cream.

“As long as I can remember, I wanted to draw, and I wanted to draw for Disney,” says Kelly, now a storyboard artist for Disney-Pixar. His first feature, “Monsters University,” opens Friday.

A family vacation to Disney World when Kelly was 5 sealed the deal. “He expressed that someday he would like to draw for Disney and that’s when the doodling began,” says Anita Kelly, his mother, who still lives in Chelmsford along with much of the Kelly clan.

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