Soooooooooo sad 8(='O(
Animator Glen Keane leaves Disney
Veteran animator Glen Keane is leaving Walt Disney Animation
Animator Glen Keane, a 38-year veteran of the Walt Disney Animation Studios who worked on such classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, announced Friday that he is leaving the company. In a letter sent to his co-workers, he said that while the studio has been his “artistic home,” he had decided after “long and thoughtful consideration” that there are “endless new territories to explore” and so he is moving on.
Confirming his departure, a Disney spokesperson said, “After an incredible 38-year career as an animator, storyteller, and filmmaking pioneer with Walt Disney Animation Studios, Glen Keane has decided that the time has come to take the next step in his personal exploration of the art of animation. As much as we are saddened by his departure, we respect his desires and wish him the very best with all his future endeavors.”
His last project was 2010’s Tangled, on which he is credited as animation supervisor and directing animator for the character of Rapunzel. While he has been developing several ideas, according to one insider, he was not currently attached to any future project at Disney.
Keane played a key role in the Disney animation renaissance of the ‘90s, and his departure came as a shock to many in the animation community. “He’s such a Disney icon and an inspiration to so many people,” one source said. Keane could not be immediately reached for further comment.
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It's sad, but at the same time I'm excited to see more work the Glen Keane will do.
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"Rest in peace brother Huet...we all know you didn't do it"
Hey, there's adventure out there. Even outside the Disney company. He did a great job, he'll be greatly missed. But he's going after just another dream of his, and to that I give him a lot of respect.