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Glen Keane Explains His Foray Into Interactive Animation

As a head animator for Disney for over 40 years, Glen Keane was responsible for some of the Mouse House’s most indelible characters, such as Beast, Aladdin, Ariel and more. This year, he took a foray into the world of hand-drawn interactive art with his short film “Duet,” released as part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP)’s Spotlight Series on Android devices.

“The first thing I noticed was how small the screen was in comparison to the big theatrical screens I was used to. Why would I be interested in that? Then I noticed that it was not really a screen at all but a window into an infinite virtual world … potentially the largest screen imaginable,” Keane says about being introduced to the concept of creating interactive animation for mobile devices. “I noticed that as the viewer, I controlled the camera and had complete freedom to turn anywhere I wanted. This was amazing! This was a new form of seamless storytelling. There were no cuts. I was involved in a very intimate way with what was happening before me. It was as if a screen of separation between the audience and the animated world had disappeared.”

Read the full story here on Filmmaker Magazine.