Disney: CGI animation helps us make better toys

Legendary animator and creator of Rapunzel says computer animated characters have improved the quality of product.
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Glen Keane is like royalty in Disney terms. During a 38-year career, he has created Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast and Tarzan, among others.

Most recently, Keane was animation supervisor on Tangled, and the Rapunzel doll was the first he worked on in the recent Animator Doll Collection, which re-imagines Disney Princesses as toddlers.

Speaking about making toys based on computer drawn characters, Keane said: "You have that digital information now and you can reduce that to any size. You still need sculptors to work with and create attitudes, but I think we can get a lot closer to the authenticity of design in the original."

Click here to read our interview with Glen Keane.


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