One of the greatest Disney animators ever to live is a guy named Glen Keane. He is really one of the most exceptional artists I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I’ve known him since the summer of 1975.
I had just graduated high school and I was going to go to California Institute of the Arts, to the Character Animation Program. Glen had just started at the studio in the training program.
He’d just graduated from Cal Arts. He went on to create the greatest characters - Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan - and they will live forever because of his talent. He has been part of
from the beginning and he has inspired this whole new generation of animators to take a look at computer animation and take it to a new level.
Classic Disney animation, hand-drawn animation - that style of animation that is unique to this studio, which no other studio has - is embodied in Glen Keane. And he worked with the animators.
He worked with the character designers. And it has really elevated this film to a level that no other film has had. It is classically Disney, yet it is so fresh and so new, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.