Podcast #29 – The Claire Keane Interview

In this installment of the Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast, Tom and Tony Bancroft sit down with the lovely Claire Keane to pick her brain about family, her career at Disney in Visual Development, and leaving Disney to write and illustrate her own children’s books. Good times ahead in this episode!

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Claire Keane is an illustrator and visual-development artist who worked for many years at Walt Disney Animation Studios. While there, she designed on movies such as Tangled, Enchanted, and Frozen. She studied at the Ecole Superieure D’Arts Graphiques in Paris, where she met her husband and part-time collaborator, Vincent Rogozyk. Claire is the daughter of legendary animator Glen Keane and granddaughter of Bil Keane, creator of the comic strip The Family Circus.

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Stuart Ng Books is a favorite destination for artists in the entertainment industry.  They focusing solely in the areas of Illustration, Animation, and Comic Art.  They carry a distinctive selection of sketchbooks by animators and comic book artists. Hard to find outside of conventions, they acquire their sketchbooks directly from the artists and ship them worldwide.  They are the largest importer of French graphic novels in the United States. France has a thriving comics industry with some of the world’s best artists, yet less than one percent of French graphic novels are translated into English. They offer a hand-picked selection of bande dessinee chosen strictly for the graphic art and visual storytelling. 95% of their customers buying bande dessinee do not read French, they are that good!


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  • Ben_Davis

    Hello Bancroft Brothers,

    This is Benjamin Davis, a current Animation student at Cal State University, Fullerton. I am currently enrolled in a writing for the visual arts course and was wondering how I might get in contact with one or both of you to possibly set up a brief professional artist interview.

    Thank you for your time. And thank you for doing these podcasts as they are a joy, privilege, and inspiration for me to pursue my passion.

    Thank you very much,