A 38 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 Disney’s 2010 box office hit, "Tangled".
In 1972, Keane applied to study at the California Institute of the Arts as a Fine Art major. By accident, his portfolio was submitted and accepted to the School of Film Graphics (Animation). Although unintended, He decided to continue to follow this path. At the age of 19, he discovered animation was a combination of all the arts. He immediately fell in love with the medium that would stay with him for the rest of his career.
He joined Disney in 1974 where he trained under Walt Disney’s legendary animators Ollie Johnson, Frank Thomas and Eric Larson. Glen began his journey animating scenes on "The Rescuers" before being promoted to directing animator on "The Fox and the Hound". Glen is the recipient of the 2008 Windsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement in Animation, the 2012 Tex Avery Award, and was a 2013 Disney Legend Award honoree for his contribution in Animation.
In the spring of 2012, Glen decided to leave Disney Studios in pursuit of further artistic exploration and launched Glen Keane Productions to pursue his personal projects. The following year, Keane went on to direct and animate the 3rd interactive episode in the Google Spotlight Stories series, titled Duet, set to release by the end of 2014.
Opening Ceremony Kick Off
Panel: Little Screens on the Big Stage: The 5 Directors of Spotlight Stories
Sponsored by: The Creative Talent Network
Moderator: Charles Solomon
- Director Glen Keane
- Director Doug Sweetland
- Director Jan Pinkava
- Director Mark Oftedal
- Director Jon Klassen
Breakfast with the Pros
Conversation with Creators