Veteran Animator Glen Keane to Depart From Disney


Glen Keane, one of the leading animated talents of the past 40 years, announced on Friday that he is leaving Disney. Keane, whose many credits at the studio include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, played a key role in the animation revival of the 1990′s. He sent a letter to his colleagues on Friday noting that the studio has been his “artistic home” and that he had decided to seek new territories to explore after a long and thoughtful consideration. He also praised his mentors, Disney legends Eric Larson, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston and “many other wonderful people at Disney I have been fortunate to work with in the past nearly 38 years,” according to a letter that was posted on the Internet on Friday.

“I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate form of our time with endless new territories to explore,” he wrote, “I can’t resist its siren call to step out and discover them.”

A Disney spokesperson confirmed his departure in The Hollywood Reporter. 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.

Keane’s last project was 2010’s Tangled, on which he worked as animation supervisor and directing animator for the character of Rapunzel. Keane’s is best known for animating characters such as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and the title characters in Aladdin, Pocahontas and Tarzan.



The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

  • Marco Moustakas

    Is the rest of that Glen Keane letter online. where can we read it?

    • Slimmy8

      It’s on Cartoon Brew.

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  • Kate Mergener

    Nooo! First Jim Duffy dying now, and Glen Keane leaving. Oh please, don’t become the animator’s tragic year.

  • Aron

    Though he is leaving Disney, I am extremely excited to see what he will be doing next! 

  • Dvdonbrouhaha

    your welcome :)

  • Eugenio Enrique Herrera Pérez

    Mr. Glen Keane, Thanks for everything! my best wishes in his new endeavors!