A 37 year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Glen Keane is most noted for creating and animating such legendary Disney characters as Ariel in “THE LITTLE MERMAID”, Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast from “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”, and Tarzan. Most recently Keane served as Supervising Animator and Executive Producer on Disney’s 2010 box office hit, TANGLED.
In 1972, Keane enrolled in the Cal Arts fine arts program, but when his portfolio ended up at the school of film graphics (i.e. animation) by accident, he decided to give it a whirl. At the age of 19, he discovered that animation was a combination of all the arts and fell in love with the medium.
He joined Disney in 1974 and trained under Walt Disney’s legendary animators Ollie Johnson, Frank Thomas and Eric Larson. He started out animating scenes on THE RESCUERS before being promoted to directing animator on THE FOX AND THE HOUND.
Glen grew up in Paradise Valley, Arizona as the middle child of five where his father Bil Keane created the syndicated comic The Family Circus. He and his wife Linda have two children, Claire and Max and live in Santa Clarita, California.
In addition to his work as an animator, he is the author and illustrator of a series of children’s Bible parable books featuring Adam Raccoon and King Aren the Lion.