If you love Disney, Rolly Crump is definitely a name you should know. And if you don’t, what’s wrong inside your black soul?
Either way, now’s your chance to get to know the longtime Disney Imagineer and Legend, who helped design some of the world’s most imaginative attractions. On April 28, for the first time since their creation, many of Crump’s personal artifacts collected along with his Disney work and other artistic journeys are going up for auction.
Some of the more interesting items in Van Eaton Galleries' Rolly Crump auction include concept art, fledgling designs, and even early scripts for what would become, in 1969, Disneyland’s The Haunted Mansion — but, get this, it was originally imagined as the Museum of the Weird. And yeah, judging from the designs, it would have been markedly more weird.
The auction also features original paintings from It's a Small World, and, perhaps most alluring of all, this original devil prop for Mr. Toad's Wild Ride...
Crump joined Walt Disney Studios in 1952, first as an inbetweener — the folks who draw the segues between images, basically — before moving up to assistant animator on such classic tales as Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and 101 Dalmatians. But the Disney Legend really made his mark at the parks.
In 1959, Crump joined WED Enterprises, what would later become Walt Disney Imagineering, where he became a designer on some of Disneyland’s biggest draws, including The Haunted Mansion, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Adventureland Bazaar. At the 1964 New York World’s Fair, he was responsible for the It’s a Small World attraction and the Tower of the Four Winds marquee.
After that, Crump helped on early designs for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and designed The Land and Wonders of Life pavilions at Epcot Center. He also worked away from Disney on a number of projects, including design work for Busch Gardens, Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus World, the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, and Ernie Ball guitar strings. And somehow he found time to paint lobsters getting sauced on martinis...
If you’re intrigued, head over to Van Eaton Galleries and check out all the goodies going on the block April 28 at “The Life and Career of Disney Legend Rolly Crump” auction. There’s even some you might be able to afford, if you play your cards right.