It's up! The latest Animation Podcast is part one of an interview with master animator Glen Keane--truly a guy who requires no other introduction. I haven't even played it myself yet, but I'm sure it's going to be fascinating stuff:
Glen Keane interviewed by Clay Kaytis
My one on one interactions with Glen have been limited to a total of about 3 minutes, but one in particular stands out as a great memory: seeing "Mermaid" at an 8:00 show at the Cinerama Dome, my group--all family, no other students or fans--was settled in the rear of the theater, and just as the lights came down Glen Keane and his family sat down in front of us. Of course I recognized him, and I'd seen his rough pencil test of "Part Of Your World" when he brought it to show to the entire animation department a year or so earlier. It had stunned me(and everyone else)with its beauty. It was absolutely a new pinnacle for Disney character animation. So, after sitting through this finished film, and being more entertained than I'd been in ages by a bunch of guys at the top of their form, it was obvious that this was really going to be a new day for animation. Thank goodness.
As the credits rolled and we all jumbled our way up the aisle, I was side by side with Glen for a second. I stopped him with an outstretched hand and said, shaking his as he looked at me politely, "Thanks for that beautiful animation". He looked a wee bit disoriented, as you might imagine--who was I supposed to be? He had no idea...but he also looked pleased. It made my night that I was able to literally thank him for such an exceptional job. I don't know what he thinks of that animation of Ariel now, with all the years of newer discoveries, hindsight, etc.--but to me it's still way up there.
Okay, off to play that while I work!