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Art of DreamWorks Animation [Hardcover]

Ramin Zahed
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15 April 2014
The Art of DreamWorks Animation marks the studio's twentieth anniversary and pays homage to the animators who brought iconic characters like Shrek and Po to life. Brimming with concept art, pre-production designs and character sketches, the book celebrates the art of animation and offers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the DreamWorks Animation archive. Essays by DreamWorks visionaries such as Spielberg and Katzenberg provide insider perspectives on the studio's most popular films, as does running commentary from artists and directors on all of DreamWorks thirty projects to date.

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  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419711660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419711664
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 5.1 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ramin Zahed is the editor-in-chief of Animation Magazine and has been covering the animation and visual effects world for more than twenty years. Before joining Animag, he was a senior editor at Variety. His articles have also appeared in the Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of The Art of The Rise of the Guardians and The Art of Puss in Boots

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4.0 out of 5 stars A rich imaginative history 4 May 2014
This book was given to me as gift and I loved receiving it. As an object it's beautifully presented, stitched binding and encompasses lavish designs from all their animated films.

However, there is something missing from all this artistic history and that's what the cover of the book shows - the outstanding character drawings and animation pencil drawings. The book doesn't have nearly enough character animation drawings and to appreciate these drawings from The Prince of Egypt to The Road to Eldorado would have been a real high light - certainly the art work to Eldorado's opening sequence should have been included here but it wasn't - and Nicolas Marlet, their concept designer for Kung Fu Panda and the How to Train Your Dragon movies, is obviously included here often because he has had a tremendous influence over the Dreamworks films and when ever his art is shown off, it's a breath of fresh air.

It is a lovely book - I just would have liked seeing more of the animation drawings and character designs. It's a sample and if you love any of the films you'll search out their individual art books.

Also, the art works are not credited with the artists names beside each piece, their not credited at all - I can spot who they are from knowing their style from other art books where they are credited but even so, everyone should be credited -
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of awesomeness 13 May 2014
Length: 2:40 Mins
This is an excellent retrospective artbook that looks back the concept art created for DreamWorks Animation films.

Over the past 16 years, they have made 30 films, from the Antz in 1998 to Home (2014) which is the last film to be included in this book.

It's a huge and 324-page thick hardcover book. It feels very substantial.

Behind the subdued white cover are pages after pages of art. The layout is simple and effective at playing up the beautiful artworks. There are medium sized images to those that extend to the edges.

The films included in the book are

Antz (1998)
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
The Road to El Dorado (200)
Chicken Run (2000)
Shrek (2001)
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Shark Tale (2004)
Madagascar (2005)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Over the Hedge (2005)
Flushed Away (2006)
Shrek the Third (2007)
Bee Movie (2007)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Megamind (2010)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Puss in Boots (2011)
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
The Croods (2013)
Turbo (2013)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Home (2014)
It's a good mixture with some traditional animated and stop motion films in addition to the 3D animated films which represent the trend nowadays.

Note that many films in that list have dedicated artbooks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 9 July 2014
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The book is just amazing,so big and so much matterial!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's even better than I thought 1 July 2014
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Thank you so much, It's even better than I thought.
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