Though she’s the daughter of veteran animation supervisor Glen Keane, Claire admits, “I never wanted to be at Disney because I thought the only job was to be an animator.” Instead, she chose to study fashion design in Paris. “I soon realized I liked fashion illustration, not sewing,” laughs Keane. She pursued her passion for drawing, and — in a sign of things to come — her thesis project was a fairytale.
So Keane was primed for a visual development job on “Tangled.” “I definitely had an extensive portfolio,” she says. “But I spent a few months as a temp, just proving to the crew that I could do it.”
During the film’s long evolution, Keane took a few months’ break to design costumes for Amy Adams in Disney’s “Enchanted,” and she also illustrated the children’s book, “Rapunzel’s Amazing Hair.”
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Keane plans to work next with directors John Musker and Ron Clements on their follow-up to “The Princess and the Frog,” and to exhibit her art in a Paris gallery. But for now, her 19-month-old daughter is keeping her entangled with Rapunzel. “I have the movie trailer on my iPhone, and every time she sees my phone, she begs to watch it!”