Glen Keane & the Disney Pixar Cast of Animators

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“Little Mermaid” animation by Glen Keane.

Where do I even begin?… I am a devout Disney animation fan, and Glen Keane was one of the talented illustrators who worked at Disney Animation Studios for 38 years.  He brought characters to life in Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, PocahontasTarzan, and most recently in one our favorites, Tangled.  We have Keane (among others) to thank for his contribution to the evolution of animation over the last few decades.  He announced his departure from Disney in March 2012 in pursuit of further animated exploration, so I am eager to see where his talents may take us in days ahead.

Heading over to my “Web Candy” page will take you to the link for Disney Animation Studios where you can learn more about the amazing work going on in ground-breaking technological advances to animation.  This brings me to the next project that I am on the edge of my seat to see… BRAVE!  Pixar developed their own software to bring a whole new meaning to textures in the animation of hair, fur, clothing and water.  Just watching the trailers brings a lump to my throat!  A few months ago, while visiting Disney World on our familymoon, we spent a day at Hollywood Studios.  Much to my delight, the current exhibit included props and photographs that inspired some of the sketches of characters in the movie.  It was AWESOME!!!  Six days and counting!!!…

****** UPDATE ******

All thumbs up on the animation!  I was mesmerized, and that was just the 2-D version!!!  As a protective parent, I was somewhat disappointed by some of the graphic nature of scenes that were embarrassing with some bare bums to a few of our children, along with a few references that hopefully went over most of their heads.  We had 7 kids in tow that day, ranging in ages from 4 to 11.  Shame on me for not considering the PG rating…  However, if Shrek-type movies don’t bother you or your children, you should have no worries about this one… a delightful storyline nonetheless.

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  1. I love Disney movies as well. I knew it was the Little Mermaid before I even saw your caption. It’s amazing how much Disney movies have evolved from Sleeping Beauty to Toy Story. I am really looking forward to seeing Brave! It must have been a great experience to see the props and sketches at Hollywood Studios.

    I just returned from San Diego and I walked past a store selling artwork from Dr. Seuss, some were sketches and some were paintings. It’s cool to see your favorite characters in sketch form.

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