Tiki Imagineer Rolly Crump in Los Angeles Magazine

Between the anniversary Adventureland glasses and Shag’s cruise art, I seem to be on a tiki-related Disney kick lately. (Even more so on Twitter.) And that’s all about to continue with this post.

I was flipping through my copy of the March 2011 Los Angeles magazine and stumbled on a tiki—and not just any old tiki, but a war shield carved for the Enchanted Tiki Room.

The article, “The Architect of Delight,” compiled by Marcel Bonner and Stephen Daly, tells the story of how Disney animator Rolly Crump’s cartoon marijuana poster got him noticed by Walt Disney. He was brought on to the “imagineering” side of things and worked on the Enchanted Tiki Room and It’s A Small World attractions at Disneyland. There’s some great anecdotes from behind the scenes, not to mention this awesome illustration by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily. (You can see some of Crump’s sketches and sculpts on their blog.)

Edited to add: You can now read the whole article on LA mag’s website. Also in that issue was a neat round-up of retro diners, including the 1950s Googie gem Pann’s in Westchester.

In other news, my buddy Sree posted about our Indian Food + Tiki mashup night on her blog SaagAHH. They were good sports and brave souls that spun the wheel at the Tiki-Ti! Go on over there and see what fortune brought them…

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