BREAKING: Glen Keane Left Disney Today

Glen Keane

People posting on Twitter have independently verified our original story. Glen Keane has left Disney’s Feature Animation studio. He worked at Disney for approximately 37 years. Disney artists received an email late-Friday afternoon LA time with the text: “Glen Keane has decided that the time has come to take the next step in his personal exploration of the art of animation.” (UPDATE: Cartoon Brew has the exclusive full text of Glen Keane’s letter to his co-workers.) Keane had worked at Disney since 1974, though he left the studio in 1986 and worked as a freelancer for a period of time. If you have more info, please contact me.


  • Sal

    It’s probably more a case of him retiring, given his age & health problems in the past.

    I remember reading somewhere that he did express interest in working for DreamWorks, though.

  • e

    Before I even knew who he was his shots were making me want to do this for the rest of my life… I hope he dosen’t hang it up but if he does I owe him my deepest gratitude.

  • Rick Farmiloe

    When I started at Disney in 1982, Glen was the one we all looked up to…and continued to all during the years he was there. I know he has some personal projects he would like to explore, and maybe some personal growth. He really raised the bar for Disney animation. His work inspired all of us fellow animators. I really just wish him all the best in whatever he chooses to pursue. I’m sure we’l hear from him again. Certainly the end of an era.