Have you ever wondered why Ariel from The Little Mermaid was a redhead? Well we can all thank Disney’s legendary animator, Glen Keane for designing the closest thing to diversity Walt Disney Productions had seen since Mogil the “feral child” in The Jungle Book (1967).
In all seriousness, Keane has designed groundbreaking animations for Disney throughout the past four decades like Aladdin, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and even Tangled (2010).
In addition to the many awards he has received for his work with Disney, Keane is also going to be featured at the Future of Storytelling (FoST) Summit in October. FoST aims to gather innovators of media, technology, and communications to reinvent the ways in which we tell stories. They use advances in technology to break down the wall between the subject and the viewer in the most entertaining ways possible.
Keane will be discussing the latest advances in 3D animation techniques and virtual reality. Using an HTC Vive headset and 3D painting app called Tilt Brush, (which is now owned by Google), Keane is able to literally step into his illustrations. He can now create life sized depictions of his iconic Disney characters, completely changing the way in which we approach animation.
Click here to learn more about 3D animation!