Palm trees and a photographer cast shadows on the ocean’s surface near Tahiti Island, Polynesia, May 1996. Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic Creative
"Duet," animated and directed by legendary former Disney animator Glen Keane for Google’s I/O ATAP project.
"Keane was trained by Walt Disney’s hand-picked elite squad of animators known as the ‘Nine Old Men.’ Their influence is felt in much of his work, but especially so in Duet, reminiscent as it is of studio classics like Dumbo and Fantasia. But there’s also a hint of other influences here. (Expressionism and director Chuck Jones’ Looney Tunes shorts come immediately to mind.) And the limited color palette really serves to highlight Keane’s style in a way that few Disney features (with their armies of artists) have. Fingers crossed we see more of this from Keane in the future. Computer animation is still the favored medium of studio chiefs, but for my money it’s the hand-drawn stuff that wires a viewer directly into the brain of an artist.” -Joseph McCabe, "Disney Nerds: You Need to Watch Animator Glen Keane’s Gorgeous DUET Now"
I want her to do well and succeed, and I love her. Every time I get to play her, I love her exuberance. I’m lazier and more cynical and more checked out than she is. To have a hero that’s all in, is cool. There’s nothing cool about her. She has no game. She has no tricks. Everything you know about her is face value, and she tells everybody all the time how she’s feeling. What’s cool about her is there’s nothing cool about her.
"I still see the same people on the corner that were there when I was eleven years old. It’s tough to evolve when your surroundings never change. So I wasn’t sure that I could be the one to make it out. The first time I took the GED, I failed. But for two months after that, I did practice tests everyday. And my aunt is a teacher, so when she was finished grading her papers, she’d help me break down all the problems that I couldn’t figure out. And there were a lot of people in my corner. My mom encouraged me, and my sister, and my grandmother. Then the second time I passed. It felt so good to see something in yourself, and then to see it come true."