About Jerry Rees
JERRY REES Director / Writer / Artist
Writer / Director of live-action, animation, AR, audio-animatronic and immersive themed entertainment projects, including a record-setting 21 attractions for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Studios Paris, Disneyland Hong Kong, Tokyo Disneyland and the Disney Cruise Line. Winner of 4 THEA awards for Disney.
While still in high school, mentored at the Disney Studios under the wing of Eric Larson, one of Walt Disney’s legendary “Nine Old Men.”
Awarded a Disney Scholarship and attended California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts) as Teacher’s Assistant for the now famous inaugural A113 class with such classmates as Brad Bird, John Lasseter and John Musker. Featured in Vanity Fair’s 2014 article “The Class That Roared” with photos by Annie Leibovitz.
Started as a classically trained Disney Feature Animator, but moved into new technologies such as Computer Graphics Choreography on TRON, and Directing the first official Augmented Reality postage stamp for the US Postal Service and Smithsonian.
Executive R&D Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering from 2015 – 2020.
A fine artist and sculptor, currently pursuing next-gen Avatars, AR, VR and Blended Reality for the masses, with the goal of establishing a new standard of immersive global communication.
Dedicated to bringing “The Illusion of Life” to A.I.
A member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA), residing and working in Los Angeles.
Best known to many as Writer / Director of "The Brave Little Toaster".
“We will not win the next technology race with better technology. We will win the next technology race with better philosophy.”
– Jerry Rees