Glen Keane, the legendary Disney animator responsible for designing Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin in Aladdin, Pocahontas in Pocahontas, Tarzan in Tarzan, and Rapunzel in Tangled, released “Duet,” a 3-minute long short which beautifully depicts growing up and discovering love. It’s a testament to what can be accomplished with the medium and the result is truly breathtaking.
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What’s truly striking about this piece, besides resembling a dreamscape, is that, in it’s short running time, it manages to showcase the birth of individuality, the importance of dreaming big and why/how imagination is everything, and how crucial it is for two different people — in this case, the adventurer and the artist — to explore themselves and their passions before they can truly come together and be one.
This type of individual growth isn’t always expressed in mainstream media, and especially in Disney films (recent films Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled, and The Princess and the Frog are the exceptions, but even then, it’s not the central focus.) Love is always the main objective. “Duet,” however, focuses on something far more valuable – the self, and how the two complete selves come together, and that’s truly breathtaking.