Glen Keane – Duet (Short Film)

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Glen Keane. Nope I didn’t know who he was either. But I do now! Glen is a huge influential name within the animation industry enjoying a 37 year tenure at Disney creating some of the most infamous characters out there. Ariel in The Little Mermaid and then onto supervising animator on the now classics Beauty and The Beast and Aladdin.

Disney historically are the primary backers of animated films so it’s no surprise they take credit for their produce over the people responsible, but I guess this is the inherent fault in the Gutenberg machine that it is. On a slight tangent I think this is probably why they purchased Marvel and the Star Wars franchise. Both of which have appealable human identies despite their otherworldly qualities. The diminishing number of drawn animations became the cue for Glen to move on, and I’m so glad he took the leap as we are now blessed with Duet. Duet is a wonderful short animation, which was recently presented at Google I/O, the annual software development conference in San Francisco. No matter what the medium of story telling this is living proof that above all story itself makes a classic.

From cell to eternity enjoy Duet

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2 Comments

  1. Rajamanickam

    10 July, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Yes, it is truly amazing animation, Glen Keane is an excellent artist and animator.
    I couldn’t understand why he has to put lot of efforts to create duet by hand-drawing approach? From this video we can understand how much effort he put of this animation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjbK9RlCL3I

    What is the significance of Hand-drawn animation? Is it really adding some value to the animation, or just marketing stunt of Google?

    • James Weller

      13 July, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Hi Rajamanickman, I think the significance isn’t a gimmick although I do think it helps Google from a Marketing point of view as it plays on the idea of emotional sentiment, and I guess you attach it to their brand. But that’s no different from a typical film company such as Disney or Dreamworks right? from Glen Keane’s point of view it is a brilliantly crafted creative short film the showcases his storytelling and illustative talents. It has a timeless quality not just because of the illustration but the story is perfect. Ultimately it’s something we all relate to.

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