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Saturday, July 15, 1:15-2:00 pm, Steven J. Ross Theater

Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some of 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. Throughout his career, Glen learned the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity and how art can powerfully convey emotion.

At SHAPE, he’ll show us how his embrace of new tools—from digital environments to virtual reality—has enabled him to wander freely through his imagination and has kept him “thinking like a child.”

After the Session Interview

Glen Keane, Animator
Glen Keane Productions

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. Keane 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." Keane 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, Keane decided to leave Disney in pursuit of further artistic exploration and launched Glen Keane Productions to pursue his personal projects. He has since gone on to collaborate with Google, the Paris Ballet, and Riot Games. His most recent project being the animated film “Dear Basketball,” which he directed with legends Kobe Bryant and John Williams.