Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some the most compelling characters of our time: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the titular beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Tarzan, to name just a few. The son of cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus), Keane learned early on the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity—and how art can powerfully convey emotion. Keane has spent his career embracing new tools, from digital environments to 3D animation to today’s virtual reality. 

In this short film—produced for the 2015 Future of StoryTelling (FoST) summit and now viewed nearly two million times—Keane uses the VR tool Tilt Brush and HTC’s Vive headset to literally step into his drawings and wander freely through his imagination.


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