Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some the most compelling characters of our time: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the titular beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Tarzan, to name just a few. The son of cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus), Glen learned early on the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity—and how art can powerfully convey emotion. Keane has spent his career embracing new tools, from digital environments to 3D animation to today’s virtual reality, which finally enables him to step into his drawings and wander freely through his imagination. At FoST, he’ll explore how to tap into your own creativity, connecting to emotion and character more directly than ever before.
Glen Keane's bio
A thirty-eight-year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Glen Keane is most noted for creating and animating such legendary Disney characters as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, and Tarzan. Glen also served as Supervising Animator and Executive Producer on Tangled. He is the recipient of the 1991 National Cartoonist Society Animation Award, the 2008 Windsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement in Animation, and the 2012 Tex Avery Award, and he was a 2013 Disney Legend Award honoree for his contribution in Animation.
In the spring of 2012, Glen decided to leave Disney in pursuit of further artistic exploration and launched Glen Keane Productions. The following year, he created Duet, a hand-drawn interactive film, for Google’s Spotlight Stories. He continues to create his personal projects that push the boundaries of animation.