Glen has, apparently, ankled Disney.
And there is, apparently, some gnashing of teeth and rending of garments:
Glen Keane left Disney today. Let me die. It is truly the end of an era. #justleavemeheretodie ...
Crying because Glen Keane resigned from Disney :'( no hope left in this world ...
To which I say:
All this angst. You would think that the Pope has gone off and become a Buddhist. But here's the way it is in the business of animation: Almost everybody in the cartoon industry moves from one studio to another studio in the course of their career. For all kinds of reasons.
Glen, last I heard, was in the old animation building on the main lot developing projects. Now he has tendered his resignation. Maybe he was having "creative differences" with the powers that be, maybe it was something else.
All I know is, when I talked to him in the hat building some months back, he told me he "was looking around" at different options and wasn't sure he would stay at Disney past Tangled. He didn't seem particularly ferklempt about it. He'd enjoyed his run but thought he might go elsewhere.
This is a business people, not a religion. Disney ceased being Disney when Walt and Roy passed from the scene. There have been three regimes since then. The Disney Co. is a large, fairly lucrative conglomerate, but there are no stained glass windows in the Hat or Team Disney buildings.
To those that are weeping salty tears today because Glen has elected to pick up his hat and boogie elsewhere I would recommend: Have yourselves a good cry and get over it.
Add On: Our fine trade paper reports on Glen's resignation here.