Shine that bright light over here...
There's a really nice interview with Glen Keane over at a French website called CloneWeb that you might be interested in...
The video of the interview with my favorite living animator is all in French. Who would have thought living over in France during the making of Tarzan would have left him so, uhm, fluent and cultural? But there is also an English translation of the interview as well. And it's a very thoughtful piece that has an interesting jewel of information near the end.
It begins with a typical question about wondering if John Lasseter really is now Walt Disney. But during that part Glen boils down what he believes is what Pixar Animation Studios is and what Walt Disney Animation Studios is as well.
Keane says that when you strip it apart down to what the Lamp really is about is this: "Wouldn’t it be cool if?"
And then he says that what the Mouse really is about is this: "Once upon a time…"
He goes on to talk a bit about how different that means they are/should be. And how it's taken John a difficult journey over the past two years as he figures what the animators in the Hat Building are like, and how they should be and why he's learned to not make them Pixar South.
Which when you think about it kind of explains the journey the animation studio has been on over these last three years and how now the animators have some success to show for all their hard work. And how now, after all these years of being in free fall, the heart of the Walt Disney Company may have figured out its place in the world again.
Just like they did once upon a time...
Hat Tip to Cartoon Brew via Michael Barrier.