JEFF KURTTI is a leading authority on The Walt Disney Company, its founder, and its history. He is the author of more than thirty books, a writer-director of award-winning documentary content, and a respected public speaker. A Seattle native, Kurtti worked as a production coordinator on the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, followed by two years as the assistant to the president of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). For several years, he worked for Walt Disney Imagineering, the theme park design division of The Walt Disney Company, and then for the Corporate Special Projects department of Disney. Since 1995, Kurtti has enjoyed a career as an author, writer, and consultant in the motion picture, theater, and theme park entertainment industries. He was creative director, content consultant, and media producer for The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and a producer of The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story, a critically acclaimed documentary about the famed songwriters.
PRAISE FOR PRACTICALLY POPPINS IN EVERY WAY
"Practically Poppins goes above and beyond the mandate of
a movie tie-in to become a valuable book for any Mary
Poppins fan."--Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian
PRAISE FOR THE ART OF DISNEY COSTUMING
One of "20 Books Every True Disney Fan Should Have in Their
PRAISE FOR THE ART OF MULAN"The Art of Mulan, by Jeff Kurtti, chronicles the production team's research trip to China and the creative development of the pic, from concept art to production stills. Kurtti describes how the team broke new ground in creating certain shots, particularly the final crowd scenes that employ up to 10,000 hand-animated characters on screen at once. . . ."
PRAISE FOR THE ART OF MULAN"It details the movie's history and production and presents more than 350 beautifully produced illustrations that include early conceptual drawings and character designs, background paintings (many evocative of classic Chinese watercolors), and production stills. The text discusses the animators' visit to China to research the story's setting and the film's overall visual design, which stresses elements and simplifications that are common to both traditional Chinese art and effective animation. Any library possessing a shelf of the handsome volumes chronicling Disney's animation renaissance of the past decade shouldn't hesitate to add this one to it."--American Library Association Booklist
PRAISE FOR TRAVELS WITH WALT DISNEY ". . . no small feat to do what Jeff Kurtti has done . . ."