Glen Keane

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Keane in Melbourne, 2010

Glen Keane (born April 13, 1954) is an American animator, author and illustrator. He worked as a character animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios for movies such as The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), Pocahontas (1995), Tarzan (1999) and Tangled (2010). Keane was awarded the 1992 Annie Award for character animation. In 2013, he was named a Disney Legend.

In 2017, Keane directed Dear Basketball, an animated short movie based on Kobe Bryant's retirement poem. At the 90th Academy Awards, Keane and Bryant won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film for their work on Dear Basketball.[1]

Keane was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of cartoonist Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus, and Australian-born Thelma Keane. He grew up in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He married Linda Hesselroth in 1975. The couple have two children. Keane has aphantasia.[2]

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  1. Milligan, Mercedes (January 26, 2020). "Kobe Bryant, NBA All Star & Animated Short Oscar Winner, Dies in Helicopter Crash". Animation Magazine. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  2. Lavelle, Daniel (April 11, 2019). "Aphantasia: why a Disney animator draws a blank on his own creations". The Guardian. Retrieved April 4, 2020.

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