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"Chicken Run": Hatching the Movie Hardcover – 21 Aug 2000

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 1st Edition edition (21 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810941244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810941243
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,094,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exit Wallace and Gromit, enter Ginger and Rocky. "An escape movie with chickens" was how Chicken Run was pitched to Spielberg, and the result was one of the treats of the new millennium. Hatching the Movie is also a treat. Heavily illustrated, mostly in colour, and written in a concise, easy to follow and unflashy style, it covers all aspects of the film's creation, as well as an in depth history of Aardman's previous achievements.

Best known to British readers as a regular radio presenter and film buff, Brian Sibley helped co-director Nick Park to develop the plot. As he notes, Chicken Run shares many similarities with Wallace and Gromit's outings, including scepticism about technology--an outlook which manifests itself in the "handmade" style of the films. However, Hatching the Movie leaves no doubt about the immense pressure, skill and patience involved in such creativity. Some detractors have criticised Chicken Run as feeling commercially compromised, and Sibley covers the uneasy relationship between art and commerce.

Younger children might be put off by the amount of text, but for film buffs and Aardman's numerous older fans, this cannot be recommended highly enough. --Stephen Portlock --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhys Jennings on 5 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you are a budding 3d animating newbie (such as myself) then this is an excellent book for you. It is extrememly interesting and takes you step by step through all the aspects that went together to help make 'Chicken Run' come to life. It shows you the creation of the movie from every angle you could possibly want. It tells you about the models and how they made them, the sets, the lighting, the inspiration, the development, the story, the business deals - practically everything really. Although if you are looking at this book for a detailed process of creating animation in general, try 'Cracking Animations' - also by Aardman.
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This is one of the best behind the scenes books published. I was impressed with the huge amount of good photos of the sets and characters. It's quite a good guide for a budding animator to see how it should be done. This all might sound a little too 'educational', but it is also a lively and colourful book. I also reccommend the Cracking Animation Aardman book as a companion to it which is also lively and very inspiring.
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This book explains all the making of the film. It is great to read to see how it was put together and to appreciate what genius the creators really are.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Another great resource for the hatching animator 15 Jun. 2000
By Karen Lewis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
How did they do that?
"Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie" provides an engaging, behind the scenes examination of the workings at Aardman Studios, offering insight into the personalities and technologies that brought us Wallace and Grommit, as they work towards the completion of their first feature-length animated film.
There are plenty of photos from the final movie, but more importantly, the book is stuffed with the artifacts of the animation process- the sketches and drawings, storyboards and photographs that record the way the film was developed from idea to story to finished storyboard and characters.
The book stops short of offering specific timelines, technical details or recipes for plasticine, but the aspiring animator is given ample opportunity to read between the lines. There is a wealth of information and inspiration to be had; something to learn on every page.
Sibley's narrative follows Nick Park, Peter Lord and others as they discuss, revise, and rethink their ideas, meet with Hollywood moguls for the first time, hire and then change writers, and work their way through the transition from commercials and short films to producing a two-hour, animated movie.
The writing is open and lively, describing the time involved and the twists and turns in production as the storyline is developed and revised, characters and ideas introduced and then axed. This frank discussion of the creative process at work is perhaps the book's most valuable asset.
"Chicken Run - Hatching the Movie" is an ideal companion to Aardman's earlier book "Creating 3-D Animation".
One book gives a superb, do-it-yourself introduction the techniques and process of model animation, while the other provides an in depth study of the creative process in action during the production of a single feature.
Together, these books provide the most useful resources on claymation and model animation to date.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderfully Whimsical Book 20 Jun. 2000
By Ronald Harmon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who has the slightest interest in knowing how an animated movie is created will love "Chicken Run - Hatching the Movie." by Brian Sibley. Even the design of the book is whimsical in style and lush with color illustrations from the new movie as well as from other films from this animation house.
A lighthearted introduction written by Mel Gibson (who is the voice for Rocky in the movie) sets the overall tone for the book. In this overview there is a brief history of the animation process with some really slick photos of the British Aardman Studios that both Nick Parks and Peter Lord, the directors of "Chicken Run," help to put on the map with several Academy Award nominations for their past films.
Animation and story development is not just fun and games as one might think but envelops serious thinking and work. The book is sprinkled throughout with wonderful idea sketches, watercolor paintings, storyboards and outlines showing how script and plot ideas for "Chicken Run" were developed.
A wonderful chapter on the actual making of the physical characters gives an inside look into the art studio itself where molds, paint, and artists bring these figures made of a clay-like substance called plasticine into existence. In a chapter called "Making the Right Moves" Sibley details the various problems that animators had during production. Trying to give the human characteristics of anger, hate, love, fear, and happiness in front of the camera is a major feat in itself. The difficult task of lighting a scene along with making the miniscule movement of each figure to create the animated move almost sounds like torture. And when one realizes that the largest film shoot in one work way was a mere 26 seconds you wonder if it is. The animators say their work normally floats along on inspiration but at other times when they are tired, getting the job done becomes a matter of will. They are so involved with their work that it is only when the camera isn't running that they realize that they are only working with a lump of plasticine.
This book is definitely written for the connoisseur of animated films and filmmaking but children could also enjoy the "fun" illustrations from the movie, which are a large part of this publication.
The seriousness of this studio's filmmaking makes for some very interesting reading. A quote by one of the directors, Peter Lord, not only sums up the animation process but could be the kernel theme of this book. "We make films and by the way, they happen to be animated."
Ron Harmon
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Get inside the mind of Ardman! 29 Aug. 2000
By Myke Feinman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the most delightful book about the making of a movie I have ever read! The text is full of funny stories and interesting details about the process that went into hatching this chick flick!Being a published cartoonist myself, I found reading about the process the Ardman folks went through to be fascinating.Also good were the photos showing the different animators at work making the models of chickens and other assorted poultry items.This is a must for any fan of Ardman! Viva Wallace and Grommet! Viva Rocky the Rhode Island Red and his favorite chick, Ginger!You will not regret buying this book! Myke Feinman, publisher and cartoonist for Ink and Feathers Comics
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 22 Feb. 2013
By Abbi - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For any art and stop-motion animation enthusiasts out there I highly recommend this book. It's full of great detail and step by step process on the making of the film.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book for stop-motion lovers. 24 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Packed with production stills and the story of how the filmmakers made it all happen. Highly recommended.
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