The Walt Disney Family Museum Presents Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane


San Francisco, CA, January 2018 — The Walt Disney Family Museum is proud to introduce its newest original exhibition, Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane, showcasing the work of this critical Disney animator and artist.

Keane’s dynamic artistic talent brings to life 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, including Tangled (2010). Keane’s methodical approach to his work, honed during a 40year-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.


Glen Keane Ratigan drawing The Great Mouse Detective (1986) Courtesy of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, ©Disney

“Glen joined the Studios when Walt’s key team was still at the creative helm. Working under the tutelage of Walt’s master animators Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, and Eric Larson, Glen quickly and adeptly absorbed their wisdom to carry the torch forward and become a pillar of the next generation of creative contributors at the Studios,“ said Kirsten Komoroske, Executive Director of The Walt Disney Family Museum. “We are honored to be able work with Glen, his family, and his team to showcase this gorgeous, inspiring, and iconic work.”

“When I joined the Disney Studios out of college, I was guided by animators who worked directly with Walt,” said Glen Keane. “Sincerity is the heart of all great animation and is the key to creating characters that the audience will believe in. This is the foundation of Walt Disney Animation. Walt’s legacy has assured the opportunity to create stories that last a lifetime. It’s thrilling for me to connect my work and story back to Walt’s legacy at the museum.”

Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum and is being presented in the Theater Gallery and Lower Lobby from March 8 through September 3, 2018.


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.


Museum admission is free for members and children under 5.
General admission: $25 adults, $20 seniors and students, and $15 youth ages 6 to 17′


The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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