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Glen Keane Debuts "Duet" at Google I/O Conference

by Jerry Beck
June 27, 2014 3:01 AM
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A celebration of life through the hand-drawn line, Duet is the latest in a series of Google ATAP’s Spotlight Stories, interactive short films made exclusively for mobile devices. 

Animator Glen Keane unveiled a first look at his latest and most personal project to date, as part of a special ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) Session yesterday morning at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco, California. Presented together with Regina Dugan, who leads the ATAP group, Glen gave a live demonstration and talk through the creative process behind Duet. The public can view the entire presentation via the YouTube embed below. 

Animated in its entirety and directed by Glen Keane (former Disney animator and creator of such beloved characters as Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Rapunzel), Duet tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet. The unique, interactive nature of the story allows the viewer to seamlessly follow the journey of either of the two characters from birth to adulthood.

Duet is the third in a series of Spotlight Stories, which is a new way of telling stories on mobile devices. The stories blend world-class artistry with innovative rendering and interaction technology for mobile to create a new canvas for the next generation of storytelling. Duet is the first traditionally animated, hand-drawn film to debut as a Spotlight Story. The film offers a glimpse into what’s possible on mobile devices, a rich, modern canvas for creative expression and immersive works of art and technology. Duet will officially launch later this year and will be available on all capable devices with proper hardware capabilities and OS version higher than Android 4.2. 

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Glen Keane discusses Duet in the video below beginning at 42:50

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  • Landon Kemp | July 7, 2014 9:20 PMReply

    It's redundant to say at this point, but GOD, is that beautiful. Beautiful animation, beautiful themes, and beautiful music. I can't wait to see how the full version ultimately turns out.

    I am curious as to how these "Spotlight Stories" are supposed to work. Could someone with a Moto X explain what sets them apart from everything else?

  • Nic Kramer | June 29, 2014 10:04 AMReply

    Very touching. I hope it becomes a success.

  • Christian | June 27, 2014 7:47 PMReply

    Very good. Looks like a "Lorenzo"/Bill Plympton mash-up.

  • Mike Towry | June 27, 2014 4:29 PMReply

    This is beautiful! I found it quite moving.

  • PATG | June 27, 2014 3:30 PMReply


  • Yvette Kaplan | June 27, 2014 11:25 AMReply

    That was just beautiful. Thank you Jerry, and thank you Glen. Wonderful to see ,

  • Qptopm | June 27, 2014 7:55 AMReply

    Glen Keane's art is really nice.Beautiful hand drawn animation..

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