15th Anniversary High-Quality Picture 26: The Background Artists

To celebrate that today precisely 15 years ago Disney’s Aladdin premiered Streetrat featured a daily high-quality picture for the past 25 days. The pictures are from a Japanese Movie Program I purchased earlier this year and promised to share high-res scans but haven’t gotten a chance to so. Besides stills from the movie the program contained promotional photos of the key people who brought this animated film to life.

Kathy Altieri

Backgrounds Supervisor


Japanese Movie Program Scan - Kathy Altieri
Backgrounds supervisor Kathy Altieri working on a background of the palace

Before Aladdin, Kathy has a short career at Disney. She was part of the background team of “The Little Mermaid” as background artist before helming the design of Aladdin.
After Aladdin, she worked on “The Lion King” and “The Hunchback of Northre Dame” before leaving Disney in favor of Dreamworks. She was Art Director on “The Prince of Egypt” (1998) and production designer on DW last 2D film “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” recent before doing the same on “Over The Hedge” (2006).

Rasoul Azadani

Layout Supervisor

Not included in the magazine but certainly deserves credits for designing Agrabah’s argitecture.
Before Aladdin, Razoul joined Disney in the late 1980s as layout artist on “Oliver & Company” and the hit “The Little Mermaid” working along with Kathy Altieri designing under- and above water line backgrounds. Once Mermaid was done Rasoul promoted to key layout artist for “Beauty and the Beast” before completing the 3 modern princess movies with Aladdin.
After Aladdin, Razoul stayed at Disney doing the backgrounds for “Hercules” and a segement in “Fantasia 2000” on the Eric Goldberg pet project “Rhapsody in Blue” before dropping of the rader in animation land.