Disney Animator Releases Beautiful Short Film, "Duet," In Partnership with Google

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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At the recent Google I/O Developer conference, Glen Keane--a well renown, retired Disney animator--debuted his new, hand-drawn animation that he produced in partnership with Google projects. Keane is most famous for designing the characters of Ariel, Aladdin and the Beast during the Disney renaissance period, and being recognized as a "Disney Legend" by the company upon his retirement in 2012. Beginning at birth, and moving into adulthood, Duet encapsulates the wonder and beauty of life, friendship and love in just three minutes.

Duet is the third in Google's Spotlight Stories, which are designed to explore the possibilities of interactive animation for mobile devices, and the fully interactive version of Duet will be released on mobile later this year. Google is currently building development kits to enable storytellers with new, advanced tools to bring their ideas to animated life. Through the extraordinary examples produced by the Spotlight Stories, Google hopes to revolutionize the film festival as "a film festival in your pocket."

Learn the history and thought that went into Duet by skipping to about 59:07 of the full Google conference below (Keane appears at about 1:03:43).

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