More Cute Stories, Vol. 5: Animators and Imagineers Part 2
written and read by Rolly Crump
(non-fiction, Disney history)
It should be no surprise by now that I love the More Cute Stories series. This is volume 5, and I have listened to and loved each of them. I think it’s wonderful to hear stories about the times in Disney history when the most magic was happening all at once. (The magic is still happening now, of course, but the pace is usually slower and more bogged down by red tape and regulations. I love hearing about the way things used to happen as a comparison.)
In this volume, Rolly revisits the list of Animators and Imagineers that he worked with in his early days with the Disney Company. It might be my imagination, but it seems I knew more of these names going in than I did the first volume of Animators and Imagineers. (It could also be that I just know more of them now than I once did. That is probably the most likely thing.) In a way, it’s a relief to hear confirmation that even though the pace of things went faster (in at least some cases) than it does now, there was still the political aspect of the job to keep in mind. It was also good to hear Rolly speak of his peers (and bosses) as both people and co-workers. Too often you get only one side of the story.
Should you pick this up? If you are at all interested in Disney (company or employee) history, I’d say yes. If for no other reason than to make it obvious that modern readers are interested in knowing more about these stories. I’ve said it before, but we need to encourage Rolly and his peers to keep telling stories about what it was like back then. We need to get the first-hand accounts of this history while we still have the people who were a part of making that history around to tell it.