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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bamboo Forest Publishing (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098547064X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985470647
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I loved stepping back in time with Rolly Crump and learning about the development of such great Disneyland attractions as the Haunted Mansion and the Enchanted Tiki Room. He also paints a vivid and personal portrait of Walt Disney that I'm sure fans and admirers will savor as much as I did."
- Leonard Maltin, Disney Historian and Film Critic

"The most inspired, and inspiring, artist I've ever worked with was Rolly Crump. Period. I've always wondered how someone could have so much experience, and still retain a genuine sense of wonder and playfulness. Well, here's his story, and I loved every word of it. Lots of people talk about Walt Disney, but Rolly Crump can demonstrate the meaning of Walt Disney."
- Jim Steinmeyer, former Imagineer

"Everyone who knew Walt Disney knew him differently, and that is why I love to read the stories of people like Rolly Crump. Rolly was never a yes man to Walt, and Walt obviously admired him for that. It is amazing to read his memoirs and realize how many of the major parts of the Disney parks were the work of this one man. He is an Imagineer Extraordinaire."
- Dave Smith, Chief Archivist Emeritus of the Walt Disney Archives

"This anecdotal memoir by Disney Legend Rolly Crump shares never-before-told stories with such charm and candor that it is a 'must have' addition for every Disney fan's library."
- Jim Korkis, Disney Historian and author of The Vault of Walt

"It's Kind Of A Cute Story is a Disney memoir that stands heads and shoulders above the slew of small- and self-published books from the past year. It's also a book that surpasses most of the Disney Publishing releases and it raises the bar for how an artistic memoir should look. It is extremely entertaining and informative. I felt like I was sitting in Rolly's living room while he regaled me with these amazing tales of his life."
- George Taylor, MiceChat.com

More About the Author

Jeff is a recent transplant to California, where he currently lives 20 minutes from Disneyland. Since the first time he stepped foot in the Magic Kingdom at the age of 4, Jeff couldn't get enough. When he was old enough to finally understand how the magic happened, he fell in love even more. For years, Jeff has written on the various topics of Disney for a variety of publications, including several fan sites and magazines.

Jeff currently co-hosts the popular theme park podcast Communicore Weekly, which you can find on iTunes. He also thinks Animal Kingdom is a full day park.

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I'm recommending this book to all my friends who are Disney fans.
e jan
It's an interesting story told by Rolly Crump, one the original Disneyland imagineers and artists, about his time working for Walt Disney.
Kaydee
The way he shares himself in this book is just like having a guy you know sit and tell you stories.
Wendy L. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By e jan on November 22, 2012
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This book was fantastic.

If you have ever wondered how the creative process at Disney worked in the '60s and '70s, here is your opportunity. Not only is this an autobiography of one of the greatest Imagineers out there, it also gives you a peak at other designers' features and flaws. You'll learn how an attraction is developed from concept to reality, and discover all the things that didn't come to pass in your favorite Disney rides and shows like It's a Small World, The Haunted Mansion and the Tiki Room.

You'll also get a glimpse into what Walt Disney was really like and how he was able to bring out the best in the people who worked for him. You'll see what he was like behind the scenes and how different he was behind the camera instead of in front of it.

The book is well-written. It feels like you are hearing stories from your grandpa about the good ol' days. Crump isn't afraid to tell it like it is though, you find out about the failures as much as you find out about the successes. You really get the feeling that he wants to share his experiences from the past to inspire creativity today.

I'm recommending this book to all my friends who are Disney fans. Great work!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By George H. Taylor Jr. on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have over 650 Disney books in my personal library. I have books on the theme parks, books on Walt Disney, books on animation and books with critical discourse on the Company. I've seen some amazing titles and a few books that weren't worth the paper they were printed on.

This is one of the best Disney-related books that's been published. If you love Disney, design or Imagineering, then you have to own this book.

In the interest of full disclosure, the author of this book is my co-host on Communicore Weekly and my writing partner. I've been involved with the project over the past year and I've seen it through its various iterations. I've read two drafts and looked at the proofs.

This is still an honest and non-sugarcoated review.

This book is going to change the face of small press and self-publishing. It's also going to be a book that's emulated for years. It's Kind of a Cute Story raises the bar for Disney books--it's a new level for Disney books to attain.

On the surface, It's Kind Of A Cute Story is a collection of anecdotes detailing the life and art of Rolly Crump. Rolly was an animator, an Imagineer and an artist. He is a Disney legend. If you've set foot in Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom or Epcot, then you have felt his influence. He also worked in many other creative areas, including Steve Wynn's Casinos and with various other entertainment projects.

In this book, we see the man as he becomes an artist throughout his amazing career. The stories are well-crafted, charming and heartwarming. You run into a lot of the usual characters in the Disney World and some of the stories are as spectacular as Rolly's art.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lgervais on December 4, 2012
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This book chronicles the story of Rolly Crump and Disney artist. His first hand telling of his life and work with Walt Dsney and other Disney big names reads as though your sitting down to a visit over a cup of coffee. A must read for anybody who loves Disney andDisney history. The photos that accompany the stories are a wonderful addition. I purchased this as a kindle book and am considering buying the book so I can better enjoy the picturesqueness though they show up wonderfully on the kindle edition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ronald S. Schneider on November 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Bamboo Forest Publishing does it again! 'It's Kind of a Cute Story' is the sort of Disney book every fan dreams of, but can't get from the company. Rolly Crump shares candid memories of his time with Disney Imagineering, working with and learning from the legends of themed design. Jeff Heimbuch has combined a gallery of never-before-seen artwork with the moving story of Disney's rebel artist and an unprecedented insight into what it was like to work with the Old Mousetro.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DK on February 8, 2013
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This perhaps my favorite book ever.

Understand, I'm not some salivating fanboy. I am a professional designer and artist myself. While I have always deeply appreciated the artistry and genius that has gone into the creation of Disneyland, more than any other title in my large library of art and design books, "It's Kind of a Cute Story" delivers gold on all fronts.

The look and feel are gorgeous with each page lovingly laid out and multilayered with Rolly's wonderful whimsical work (say that three times fast!). Just the background textures are delightful enough to make this worth the price of admission. The color plates are vibrant and exciting to look at and all of the photographic work is clear and well printed... But it is the writing that really shines brightest.

Reading this book really is like sitting down in the living room after a party, savoring the last half of your drink, and whiling away the night in the company of Rolly Crump the man and character. You can practically hear his actual voice coming from the pages as he spins his tale of successes, near misses and honest failures, and gives you the reasons why something worked or didn't. Rolly is willing to name the names and point out the good, bad and ugly of projects, rides, parks and whole companies. I especially enjoyed his nonlinear style of wandering off topic to illuminate some fascinating detail or tell an anecdote, but always be trusted to return to the core point.

The thing I appreciate the most about this book is how complete a package it is. As a piece of art in itself, it is beautiful laying on your table or shelf, bringing more visual joy to any room. As a story it is as compelling as a campfire tale. You just don't want to go to bed until you've heard it all.
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