Glen Keane – meet the animator behind some of the most iconic characters of our time

13 Jan 2019 | Inspiring

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Glen Keane is an American animator, author and illustrator. Keane was a character animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios for feature films including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Tangled. 

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2015 Future of StoryTelling Summit Speaker: Glen Keane Animator, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, and Duet Apply to attend: www.fost.org Keane's VR painting is created in Tiltbrush: www.tiltbrush.com 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.

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