It’s not everyday you get to meet your personal animation hero! Having heard many interviews and podcasts with Glen and spending countless hours studying his animation and drawings, saying I was excited to have a chance to meet him in person would have been a bit of an understatement. But beyond his mastery of the craft, Glen Keane is also known in the animation world as one of the most humble and genuine person, a kind spirit who is firstly a teacher at heart, constantly sharing his passion for the medium with gusto. Returning to Annecy after a 20 years absence, this legendary animator needs little to no introduction:
A 38 year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Glen Keane trained under Walt Disney’s 9 Old Men. Glen then went on to create many beloved Disney characters, such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Beast, Tarzan, and Rapunzel. In 2012, he departed Disney to begin Glen Keane Productions as way to further his artistic explorations in animation, design and film. He has create films for Google, the Paris Ballet, Riot Games and most recently, Kobe Inc. His latest film, “Dear Basketball” is a collaboration with basketball legend Kobe Bryant and maestro John Williams.
During our talk we discuss his past, present and thoughts about the future of animation and the newest expressive tools available with VR. In our limited time with Glen, we also managed to squeeze in some of your questions too, submitted via our Facebook page. After the interview Glen also revealed his Australian connection with his Aussie mum (Thelma Keane) hailing from Gympie (QLD) and his parents meeting for the first time in Brisbane!