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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421541181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421541181
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
Firstly, I'll just point out that this book is different to Arrietty - The Picture book. They both have similar front covers but 'The Picture Book' is a story book which uses frames from the film along with text to tell the story. The Art Of Arrietty is more like a `making of' the film. It covers not only how the art was approached, but also how the overall project developed over time.

Near the start of the book is an interview with director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, it is not-at-all pretentious and he talks about how much he enjoyed the original book and worked with Ghibli legend Hayao Mayazaki on the screenplay. It's a brief but frank interview where he reveals that his initial ideas for the film weren't met with approval from Mayazaki and the film took on a very different direction. You get a strong sense of the guidance that Mayazaki his giving his young protégé whom many believe will one day become Studio Ghibli's main creative force. It gives a potted history of Yonebayashi's time at Ghibli and mentions his work on other titles such as Ponyo and Spirited Away. Mini biographies on several other key members of the artistic team are given throughout the book too.

The book contains beautiful bright images, water colours, and sketches. From concept art to the final product, you get to see the creative process at work and it's amazing to see how even most the basic of doodles can contain so much character - Arrietty herself as a pencil drawing seems to have so much personality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 April 2012
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:21 Mins
I actually have the Japanese edition of this book so I borrowed the English one for review.

What's different here is the cover art, and also the dust jacket is smooth instead of textured. It's translated by VIZ Media who does a good job, as usual. The book has 248 pages but only 208 pages are on the art with the rest being the script. The film's directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a new director.

The book's loaded with colourful concept art. There are character designs, storyboards, background paintings and film stills. Much of the concept art is in pencil and watercolour as usual. I see some drawn by Hayao Miyazaki but the rest seems to be drawn by others -- I could be wrong. The drawings are captioned but not credited.

The art is beautiful, of course. Characters designs are wonderful, cute, and pastel colours are nice. One thing with the character design is, they seem to look very similar to previous films from the studio. Looking through the book, I kept thinking that the characters here are the same "actors" as previous films but set in a different script. Arrietty's the main character and she's a tiny person. So it's interesting to see how household items are incorporated and used as gadgets.

The storyboards are great, really telling the story without any words. Just by looking at them, you know the story or idea works. Afterall, this is concept art.

The background paintings are of lush green countrysides, which you could really mistake them for coming from Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke. And there are paintings of Arrietty's home and the different locations. The art direction is unmistakable, uniquely Studio Ghibli.

It's a beautiful book for fans of Studio Ghibli.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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This book, like others in the Ghibli art series contains a balanced mix of concept art, background art, cell art and film stills. The back contains the English version of the film script (in a big font over 34 pages!). This book is a paperback with dust jacket, much like the Japanese editions of the Studio Ghibli art series. The printing is also of better quality. For this print run the printers had to order some extra green ink I suspect. In the film the garden is green, and so it is in the book... The book contains an interesting interview with the director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, highlighting the production process and his experience of directing his first complete film.
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By vaso k on 1 Jan. 2015
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lovely book, many interesting features and details of the movie's backgrounds!
the interviews were very interesting and informative too!
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By brando on 7 Aug. 2015
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Beautiful book.
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