Posts tagged glen keane
Posts tagged glen keane
Here’s a great article about The Little Mermaid and an interesting interview with Glen Keane.
The most interesting part is this little tidbit:
I’m just about to start a little company. Glen Keane Productions. I’m starting very small with animation, drawings and the like. I’m about to start working on a new project that I really can’t start talking about yet. But I’ve got some ideas.
Can’t wait to see what he comes up with!
Tangled changed so much from inception to release that it’s really hard to separate it into stages. Even in the final year of production after animation had started, they were still making big story changes.
The original story of Rapunzel is, like most German fairy tales, quite a dark story by Disney standards. I would assume at some point much more of the original story was in tact, but they moved away from that as they usually do. From what I know of “Rapunzel: Unbraided”, it was never really all that dark. If there were a darker version of the story in the works, it was probably toned down early on.
One thing I know for sure though is that visually, the film was, in a sense, originally much “darker”. In the first version of the film they were attempting to mimic the style and color pallet of Jean-Honore Fragonard’s “The Swing.” I distinctly remember being extremely excited when they announced that plan because I’ve always wanted (and still do) to see a movie that looks like a painting.
The concept art might be why people say the film started out dark.
They moved away from this style I believe around the time Glen Keane had to step down as director. The new directors wanted to go for the classic “Disney” look. They even went to Fantasyland in Disneyland for inspiration.
I know I sort of skirted the question, but I figured I would chime in with what I know. Everything I’ve said is speculation based on concept art and what stories I’ve heard about the production. Anyone should feel free to add more precise info to this if they have it.
"The Little Mermaid" 1989
A video on the usefulness of using live action reference for animation. There are a couple good shots of some rough animation of Ursula in here, too.
Fun Fact: Sherri Stoner, who was the live action reference for both Ariel and Belle, was also a writer and producer for “Tiny Toon Adventures” and “Animaniacs”, and did the voice of Slappy Squirrel.
Model Sheet Monday
These aren’t exactly model sheets, they’re character development sketches. In between concept and final design. A lot of these are notes to the character modelers and animators. They’re really fun to look at though. I also just really like Rapunzel, that’s the main reason I’m posting them.
Rapunzel designed by Glen Keane.
"Treasure Planet" 2002
Young Jim Hawkins and his mother
animation by Glen Keane
Rough animation composite of the scene where Tarzan and Jane first meet.
"The Little Mermaid" (1989)
This is kind of exciting, here we have the full “Part of Your World” scene. It’s probably my favorite song sequence from any animated film. I had only ever seen small chunks of rough animation from it before now.
This is a very rough copy, and hard to see in spots. But there are also some very nice looking shots, so watch the whole thing.
So, in honor of the end of an era, here’s a clip of Glen Keane explaining a scene from Aladdin.
I look forward to seeing what Mr. Keane can accomplish on his own.
Riding the wave off that Glen Keane post, here we have a shot from “Oliver and Company” 1988, by none other than Mr. Keane himself.
And here’s a fun clip about Glen Keane’s process for improving the animation on Tangled. He would draw over the shot as a reference for the animators so they could push the animation to be as good as it can be.