Friday, June 27, 2014

The Great Duet


Animation mastermind Glen Keane has unveiled his first major post-Disney project in addition to getting a Twitter

The project is called Duet...

It is an interactive short film about “Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet." Keane is developing it for Google's Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP), it'll be for an app that'll allow you to follow the two lover's lives. It'll certainly be a new frontier in animation and interactive entertainment, and a great way to get Keane's post-Disney work out to a wide audience. The short is one of three in what is called Spotlight Stories, animated shorts made special for apps…

Here's a preview of the short itself. Even as a preview, it's a real work of art and a real testament to the power of traditional hand-drawn animation…


It's great to see Keane spreading his wings and venturing into territories that the big animation studios probably won't go near at the moment. Ever since Keane found his own animation studio, I was hoping he'd successfully get a very good hand-drawn film produced and that said film would be a surprise hit and finally teach studios that audiences never gave up on hand-drawn. But right now, he's got to start somewhere and this is already an impressive dash out of the gate.

The short itself is incredible, what more is there to say? It's Glen Keane, it's hand-drawn, it's experimental, it's fresh and new but with some callbacks to classic Disney. I got a strong 'Pink Elephants on Parade' vibe from the overall look of it and at the 2:30 mark, did you not think of Tarzan? How about Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas?

Suffice to say, it's a great indicator of what kind of groundbreaking work we'll see from one of the greatest animators of all time in the future…

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