Full Text Of Glen Keane Resignation Letter

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Glen Keane

Glen Keane

As reported ear­lier, Glen Keane, renown Dis­ney ani­ma­tor of such highly regarded films as The Lit­tle Mer­maid (1989), Beauty And The Beast(1991) and Aladdin (1992), announced his res­ig­na­tion from Dis­ney after thirty-eight years with the Mouse House. he announced his res­ig­na­tion to his col­leagues at Dis­ney in a let­ter. Here is the full text of Friday’s letter.

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,


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