As rumored last year Glen left due to the slow down of hand drawn animation after Winnie the pooh and Princess and the Frog failed to get traction at the box office. It’s sad that Disney is just letting these legends go, because last year Andres Deja left as well.
Glen Keane worked on Fox and the Hound, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Tarzan, Tangled and much more. My only hope is that he doesn’t go to Jeffrey Katzenburg’s pit of hell AKA Dreamworks Animation.
Here is Mr.Keane’s Statement:
March 23, 2012 Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Walt Disney Animation Studio, After long and thoughtful consideration, I have decided to leave Disney Animation. I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate art form of our time with endless new territories to explore. I can’t resist it’s siren call to step out and discover them. Disney has been my artistic home since September 9,1974. I owe so much to those great animators who mentored me—Eric Larson, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston—as well as to the many other wonderful people at Disney whom I have been fortunate to work with in the past nearly 38 years. Over these four decades I have seen so many changes, but the one thing that remains the same is that we all do this because we love it. I am humbled and deeply honored to have worked side by side so many artists, producers and directors during my career here at Disney, and I am tremendously proud of the films which together we have created. I will deeply miss working with you. With my most sincere and heartfelt good wishes for your and Disney’s continued artistic growth and success, Glen
Disney needs to get its head back in the game and get these guys back ! But either way we wish Mr.Keane the best of luck !