It’s been a long time coming, but now, it’s finally here! More Cute Stories returns with a look at Knott’s Bear-y Tales!
Arson, unions, and Marion Knott herself all nearly derailed what would end up being Knott’s Berry Farms’ most beloved ride, and one of Rolly Crump’s crowning artistic achievements. So sit back and listen to Rolly tell you the madcap stories behind the creation of Knott’s Bear-y Tales! This volume also includes an exclusive immersive aural ride-thru of Knott’s Bear-y Tales, featuring remastered music and extremely rare source audio.
As per usual, we have it in a variety of formats, from CD to digital versions.
CDBaby download (where it is a little cheaper than iTunes):
Along with the latest More Cute Stories, we also have another print to help celebrate its release. You can purchase a poster of Rolly’s design for Zaz from the Bamboo Forest Publishing web store!
Rolly Crump is back to talk about his fellow co-workers in Disney Animation and WED! After the first Animators and Imagineers, Rolly still had a list of people he wanted to share stories about! So, we went back to the well to bring you more!
Physical CD for $9.99:
And of course, we have an awesome new print of Rolly’s infamous Adam and Eve painting, limited to 100 copies, and signed by Rolly himself:
Bamboo Forest Publishing is proud to announce the release of Disney Legend Rolly Crump’s More Cute Stories, Volume 4: 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. This high-quality recording includes sixty minutes of all new stories about Rolly’s involvement with the legendary “Billion-Dollar Fair”. It is available on CD and as a digital download from all major online music retailers, including Amazon and iTunes.
The Imagineers, those men and women who helped Walt Disney bring his creations to life, have achieved legendary status among theme park enthusiasts. And now, on the 50th anniversary of the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair, one of the most beloved Imagineers, Rolly Crump, sits down to ruminate on his time working on the attractions Disney built for the historic multinational exhibition. Rolly personally had a hand in creating, installing, and maintaining the Tower of the Four Winds, Progressland, Ford’s Magic Skyway, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and it’s a small world. From tender tales of touring New York City with his idol, Mary Blair, to scandalous stories of speeding cars and drunken Imagineers, Rolly tells us what it was really like to work on the “Billion-Dollar Fair”.
Jeff Heimbuch, who co-authored Rolly’s biography, It’s Kind of a Cute Story, also recorded More Cute Stories Volume 4. “Though I never had the chance to see it for myself,” said Jeff, “the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair has always fascinated me. Not only because of its cultural significance, but also for its ties to Walt Disney. Hearing Rolly talk about his time working on the projects for the Fair, along with what life was like at the Fair itself, is a real treat. I’ll never look at it the same way again.”
More Cute Stories, Vol 3 will be available on CD and digital formats including mp3 and FLAC at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and most other major retailers.
Bamboo Forest Publishing is proud to announce the release of Disney Legend Rolly Crump’s More Cute Stories, Volume 3: Museum of the Weird. This high-quality recording includes fourty-two minutes of all new stories about one of the most famous attractions that never was: The Museum of the Weird. It is available on CD and as a digital download from all major online music retailers, including Amazon and iTunes.
After a 1965 television appearance on The Wonderful World of Color, Rolly became internationally known for an attraction that was never even built: The Museum of the Weird. In More Cute Stories Volume 3, Rolly tells the haunting history of the attraction, leads us on a chilling walk through its chambers, and dishes the disquieting dirt on why it wasn’t built, and why its popularity endures to this day!
Jeff Heimbuch, who co-authored Rolly’s biography, It’s Kind of a Cute Story, also recorded More Cute Stories Volume 3. “The Museum of the Weird has always been my favorite unbuilt attraction,” says Jeff, “and it’s what drove me to become such a fan of Rolly’s to begin with. It was surrounded by this cool mystique, and it became the stuff of legend. All it took were a few short glimpses on TV and some crazy concept art, and it was forever lodged into the heads of Disney fans everywhere, mine included. I think, because of that, the attraction’s appeal still lasts to this day. Marvel is releasing a comic series based on it, a movie was announced a few years ago, and people still ask Rolly about it all the time. It clearly is a classic attraction, and has continued to exist and thrive in our imaginations for almost 50 years.”
More Cute Stories, Vol 3 will be available on CD and digital formats.
In addition to the new CD, a new poster print of the Museum of the Weird, signed by Rolly Crump, will also be available for sale.
Be sure to buy your copy today!
NOTE: We know that the digital versions are priced at $9.95 right now, but should be $4.95! We are working to get that fixed!
Museum of the Weird Poster Print: http://bambooforest.storenvy.com/collections/128313-all-products/products/4913071-signed-rolly-crump-museum-of-the-weird-print
A lot of people have been asking us about the upcoming “Seekers of the Weird” comic and how involved Rolly has been in it.
Unfortunately, while the comic is based on his designs and concept for the Museum of the Weird, Rolly wasn’t involved with the story or art direction. Disney owns the idea and artwork, and therefore, they do not need to involve Rolly.
I will say that Rolly has, very recently, been visited by some of the folks from Imagineering working on the project. He has seen a lot of the artwork and scripts. He reported to me that he liked the way it looked and was glad to see something finally come out of his designs. However, again, he is not involved in the project beyond that capacity.
For more information on the project, check out this great article from Comic Book Resources about it. We’re glad that Marvel / Disney are bringing the Museum to light in some way, and paying homage to Rolly. But next time, hopefully, they’ll involve the man who created it a bit more!
We promised you something new and fun being announced this week, and here it is!
Bamboo Forest Publishing is proud to announce the release of Disney Legend Rolly Crump’s More Cute Stories, Volume 1: Disneyland History. This high-quality recording includes nearly fifty minutes of all new stories about Disneyland, told by Rolly himself. It is available on CD and as a digital download from most major online music retailers, including Amazon and iTunes.
The Imagineers, those men and women who helped Walt Disney bring his creations to life, have achieved legendary status among theme park enthusiasts. One of the most beloved Imagineers is Rolly Crump, whose work can be seen not only in Disney Parks, but also in other theme parks, casinos, and cultural centers worldwide. Rolly was instrumental in designing some of Disney’s most famous attractions, including the ’64 New York World’s Fair pavilions, it’s a small world, The Enchanted Tiki Room , and many more. Even More Cute Stories focuses on Rolly’s time at Disneyland, and includes nearly an hour’s worth of anecdotes about the creation of the park and the people who built it, including previously unheard stories about Walt Disney himself.
Jeff Heimbuch, who co-authored Rolly’s biography, It’s Kind of a Cute Story, also recorded More Cute Stories. “Despite having sat with Rolly for countless hours, listening to him relay tales of his time at Disney for It’s Kind Of A Cute Story,” says Jeff, “he still surprises me with brand new stories every single time we talk. No one can tell a tale quite like Rolly, so we decided that having the man himself actually tell you these brand new stories was the best way to preserve them!”
“We received a lot of requests for an audio version of Rolly’s book,” says Bamboo Forest Publishing’s founder, Leonard Kinsey. “If you’ve ever seen him speak at an event, you’d understand why – he’s hilarious, charismatic, and extremely engaging. But getting him to record the entire book would have taken months, and we all agreed that his valuable time would be much better spent recording stories that hadn’t already been documented. So what we ended up with here is not only historically important, but massively entertaining. It’s like having Rolly sitting in your living room, having a drink and reminiscing on old times.”
More Cute Stories, Volume 1: Disneyland History by Rolly Crump is available on CD at Amazon.com at a list price of $9.95. It is also available in digital formats including mp3 and FLAC at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and most other major retailers. Check www.itskindofacutestory.com for more pictures, news, and event information, including book signings and appearances.
If you buy a physical CD, that’s great! Thank you!
If you plan on buying a Digital Copy, buy it from CDBaby for now. It’s the cheapest price, so it’s best to buy it there until we get the prices adjusted on Amazon and iTunes!
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Rolly and Jeff will be doing two upcoming events! Check the events tab for more information!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the signing at the Encitias, CA Barnes and Noble has been cancelled.
Please consider joining us the next day, Friday, Feb 1st, at the Barnes and Noble in Orange, CA. Information on the event page!