‘Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane’ is basically a making-of exhibit of our childhoods

Glen Keane<br /> Rough animation drawing, 1989<br /> The Little Mermaid (1989)<br /> Graphite on paper<br /> Courtesy of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, ©Disney<br /> IL2018.1.5

Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane is the next exciting original exhibition coming to The Walt Disney Family Museum. Excited much? Glen Keane is the legendary artistic talent responsible for some of the most unforgettable characters of our time, from the imposing Beast and fearless Tarzan, to the daring heroines Ariel, Pocahontas, and Rapunzel. The exhibition, curated by Glen Keane in partnership with Michael Labrie, the museum’s Director of Collections and Exhibitions, opens on March 8, 2018 in the museum’s Theater Gallery and will be on view through September 3, 2018.

This unique exhibition showcases hand-drawn animation and maquettes of Keane’s most iconic Disney characters, from earlier films, including The Fox and the Hound (1981), to more recent works, such as Tangled (2010). Keane’s methodical approach to his work, honed during a 40-year-career that has witnessed profound technological changes in the field of animation, led to a period now recognized as the Disney animation renaissance. Make Believe features images and animation sketches from numerous films, including The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), Pocahontas(1995), and Tarzan (1999).

Of special interest, also on view in this exhibition are Keane’s personal works, many of which emerged from dynamic partnerships. Visitors can get a rare glimpse into Keane’s collaboration with the Paris Opéra (Nephtali), his embracing of innovation and technology with Google on Duet, and his recent 2017 collaboration with Kobe Bryant and legendary composer John Williams on Dear Basketball.

  • When: March 8 – September 3, 2018.
  • Times: 10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25. Early closure at 4pm on December 24 and December 31.
  • Cost: Free with Museum Admission
  • Where: The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

Open to members only: Wed, Mar 7, 2018.

Tickets and information about membership can be found on the official site.

Glen Keane<br /> Concept art, 1991<br /> Beauty and the Beast (1991)<br /> Marker, gouache, photocopy, and pastel on paper<br /> Courtesy of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, ©Disney<br /> IL2018.1.7

Images are Courtesy of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, ©Disney

Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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