Glen Keane's short "Duet" was released last year.
Glen Keane’s short “Duet” was released last year.

Glen Keane, the master character animator behind such beloved Disney characters as Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and Tarzan, will appear at an event next month at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

For Modern Mondays: An Evening with Glen Keane and John Canemaker, Keane will take part in a wide-ranging on-stage conversation with historian and filmmaker John Canemaker about his career.


With the accompaniment of film clips and other imagery, the discussion will encompass Keane’s apprenticeship with veteran Disney animators the Nine Old Men in the 1970s up to his most recent project, Duet, the 2014 short produced with Google’s Advance Technology and Projects Group.

Keane will also discuss his experiments in situating hand-drawn characters in computer-generated environments (including his 1982 collaboration with John Lasseter on a test film of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are; his use of “Deep Canvas” in the 1999 Disney feature Tarzan; and his sophisticated digital innovations as animation supervisor on Disney’s Tangled, in 2010).

Modern Mondays: An Evening with Glen Keane and John Canemaker will take place on Monday, April 6, at 7pm at MoMA. Earlier that afternoon, Keane will introduce a theatrical screening of Disney’s 1991 feature Beauty and the Beast. For ticketing information, visit the MoMA website.

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