Watch Ariel From 'The Little Mermaid' Come To Life In 3-D Virtual Reality In 3 Minutes

"I love characters that believe the impossible is possible."

Glen Keane is a legend in the world of Disney — literally, he was named a Disney legend in 2013 — for having created many of the animated characters we love from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan, and Tangled, to name a few. Perhaps most famously, though, he created Ariel from 1989's The Little Mermaid, the fiery-haired Disney Princess from under the sea.


This animator went on James Corden's The Late Late Show last night to promote the short film he made with basketball legend Kobe Bryant, appropriately titled Dear Basketball, and was asked by the host which character he had created was his favorite. For him, the answer was simple: no gadgets and gizmos or whozits and whatzits compare to Ariel. 

Why, besides the fact that Ariel is awesome? "I love characters that believe the impossible is possible," Keane answered, explaining how the fact that Ariel lives in the ocean yet falls in love with a prince who doesn't defies all odds and shows how one can overcome anything. "Nobody represents that more than Ariel. I'm just drawn to those kinds of characters."

It was then that Corden asked Keane if he would draw Ariel live — a request he was excited to fulfill. While "Part of Your World" played in the background, Keane utilized Google's Tilt Brush in a virtual reality headset to colorfully recreate our favorite owner of 20 thingamabobs right before our very eyes — and in 3-D and in about three minutes, no less. It's magical to watch and great to see a creative mind like that of Keane get recognized on late-night TV.

Here's the finished result, by the way.

Now watch the entire process as Keane draws Ariel in 3-D virtual reality:

(H/T: MTV)

Cover image via Disney


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