Nephtali – A Conversation with Glen Keane

It’s been just under a year since On Animation last spoke with Glen Keane. At the time he was promoting his first short film, Duet. This year he’s back with another hand drawn short, Nephtali, a blend of hand drawn animation and live-action footage. Nephtali was created for the Paris Opera to coincide with the launch of their new digital stage, 3rd Stage.

Glen was personally invited to join a distinguished list of artists and filmmakers to help launch the 3rd Stage by Benjamin Millepied, the new Director of Dance for the Paris Opera. Benjamin and Glen first met while they were both working on projects at Google last year. I was fortunate enough to steal some of Glen’s time and gain more insight into the production of the short.

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They Drew As They Pleased – Didier Ghez Interview

They Drew as They Pleased is the first in what promises to be a revealing and fascinating series of books about Disney’s largely unexamined concept artists, with six volumes spanning the decades between the 1930s and 1990s.

They Drew as they Pleased

This is a fascinating book full of incredible art. I had the opportunity to work with Didier on his Walt’s People interview series a few years ago, and I must say I haven’t met another individual with his passion and enthusiasm for animation history. It was a pleasure to sit down with him and ask him a few questions about the book, as well as what to look forward to in future volumes.

On Animation will be giving away a copy of the book to celebrate its release. Keep an eye on our social media feeds for your chance to win.

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Toon Talks Podcast with Dale Baer


One of the most talented and endearing people in animation, Dale hardly needs an introduction… A student of the Nine Old Men, towards the end of the golden age of animation, his forty years the in the industry has seen him to supervise Yzma, in Emperor’s New Groove, Alameda Slim and Junior in Home on the Range, Wilbur in Meet the Robinson’s, and Owl, in Winnie the Pooh. The list of movies and commercials he has worked on, is the longest list of anyone’s I’ve seen!!

We discuss his career and the changes he has seen in the industry, including the change over from the Nine Old Men and the turn of films, from traditional animation to CG animation. For me, this chat was delightful and insightful. I hope it is for you too! Listen here or click on the image – Enjoy.