Exclusive: Glen Keane Might Be Working for Motorola

Is Glen Keane’s next animated project set up at smartphone manufacturer Motorola? The Google-owned company certainly wants you think so. I received a cryptic email this afternoon from Motorola…well, actually from “Pepe the Mouse,” who is the star of the company’s interactive motion-controlled short Windy Day directed by Jan Pinkava. The email had the subject line “My Friend Glen Keane.”

The email read in part: “It’s getting close to the holidays and all through the house, only one creature was stirring aside from this mouse.”

The “creature” was the above pic of Glen Keane, hard at work. Keane resigned from Disney in March 2012, after working at the company for 38 years.


  • Anon

    Glen Keane just started his own company ‘Glen Keane Productions’. It’s only natural he would start small with commissioned commercials.

  • Hankenshift

    He’s working for Google, who owns Motorola. As are several other ex Disney folks on cg coolness.

  • Jonah Sidhom

    Lucky Motorola.

    • George Comerci

      You could say that again!

  • Pedro Nakama

    This is very interesting.

  • Ryan Frost

    Google should hire all the Disney animators, and become the new… well… Disney.

  • TStevens

    Keane did some commercial work back in the eighties so working outside of the Mouse House isn’t exactly a new thing for him. However, I suspect that his expertise would be best suited to doing piece work on films and other high end material. The kind of budgets that ex-Disney animators require is out of the range for most commercial work. Last time I checked, a lot of the higher end guys wouldn’t do rough animation for much less than $400 a foot.

    • Arugula

      That may be true but you forget how deep the Disney feature animation talent pool was. There are plenty of skilled ex-Disney 2D animators who’d gladly work for less than $400. per foot, just for the chance to be doing what they spent at least half their professional lives getting good at doing, one more time.

  • Strong Enough

    “Screw retirement. we artists work till we’re six feet deep. and thats the way it’s always gonna be”

  • Ryan Hayford

    Just a quick note. Its not a commercial, its a short. Like windy day (which cartoon brew has yet to cover)

  • Steven Bowser

    I hope you don’t need a Moto X to watch whatever it is he’s making.

  • Diane

    Hope it doesn’t take too much time away from his 50′s era European-set film. What I saw at the GR Works show earlier this year, studies of costume and color, was gorgeous

  • M.R. Horhager

    In this article (3rd paragraph from the bottom) about motorola’s spotlightstories (http://www.studiodaily.com/2013/11/pixar-vets-enter-uncharted-territory-with-motorolas-windy-day/) they mention a 2D animated short already in the works. Perhaps this is the project Glen Keane is working on? I’m super interested in seeing how 2D will be handled in spotlightstories series.

  • Paul G. Christoforos

    Glen Keane, for Motorola? Inconceivable!

  • ShouldBeWorkin’