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The Art & Making of Arthur Christmas

The Art & Making of Arthur Christmas works on two levels; it contains over 300 photos, paintings and sketches made during the film’s production so it resembles an album the Claus family might have commissioned to mark a special occasion. The occasion is Santa’s impending retirement after 70 years in the job, where he is expected to hand over the reins to his eldest son Steve, or will he? You could leaf through the book with a young child without spoiling the magic of Christmas. On another level the text gives an insight to the care and creativity that went into the animation. Over 25 key members of the team were interviewed for the book and what they said tells the production story.


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Arthur Christmas is a co-production between the British Aardman Animations and the USA Sony Pictures Animation. The book is told from a British perspective of developing the story, characters, props and settings, which mostly took place in the Continue reading

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The Art of Cars 2

Another book in the ‘Art of Pixar’ series, this detailed look into the creation of the second installment of the Cars series shares the artwork and experiences of the animators behind Pixar’s most commercially successful franchise.

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award(R)-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and most recently, UP, the northern California studio has won 24 Academy Awards and its nine films have grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office to date.
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The Art of Tangled

Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated fantasy musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece-from sketches and character designs to storyboards and color scripts – The Art of Tangled also gives readers an inside look at the film’s fascinating history, which began over sixty-five years ago with Walt Disney’s early explorations in the fairy tale.
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The Art of How to Train Your Dragon

From the studio that brought you Shrek, Madagascar and Kung-Fu Panda comes How to Train Your Dragon an animated adventure comedy set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. This lavish Art book features over 350 concept sketches, watercolors, oil paintings and digital artwork bringing the Viking and dragon worlds to life.

Inside the book are more than 350 development artwork, including early character designs, story sketches, and concept paintings. The books is divided into three parts, the dragons, vikings and the environment with stuff like props and houses. Discarded art and characters are also included, like Hiccup’s mother – who can cook a mean dish with dragon meat. Accompanying the art are plenty of interesting quotes and commentary from the production staff.
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The Art of Toy Story 3 (Pixar Animation)

Another in “Art of Pixar” books, this detailed look into the creation of the third and final installment of the “Toy Story” series shares the artwork and experiences of the incredible animators who made it all happen. “Toy Story” is the cornerstone of Pixar’s cannon of blockbuster animated films, and, while the book will focus on the art of Toy Story 3, it discusses all three films and their development. A true celebration of a classic, groundbreaking series, this is sure to appeal to a wide range of Pixar and animation fans. It includes text by veteran animation writer, Charles Solomon.
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The Art of Wall.E (Pixar Animation)

WALL-E, promoted with an interpunct as WALL·E, is a 2008 American computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Andrew Stanton. The story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. He eventually falls in love with another robot named EVE, which he pronounces Eva, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity.
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The Art of Up (Pixar Animation)

Up is a 2009 American 3D CGI comedy-adventure film produced by and presented in Disney Digital 3-D. It is Pixar’s tenth feature film and the studio’s first to be presented in Disney Digital 3-D.

The film centers on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen and an earnest young Wilderness Explorer named Russell who fly to South America by floating in a house. The film grossed over $731 million worldwide, making it Pixar’s third-most commercially successful film, behind Finding Nemo and Toy Story 3.
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