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Art of Pixar Short Films [Hardcover]

John Lasseter , Amid Amidi
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21 Jan 2009
In this book, animation expert and short film devotee Amid Amidi shines a spotlight on many memorable vignettes form the Pixar archive. Essays and interviews illuminate more than 250 full-colour pastels, pencil sketches, storyboards, and final rendered frames that were the foundation of Pixar's creative process.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (21 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866064
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 28.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amid Amidi is the co-founder of and author of Cartoon Modern. He lives in New York City. John Lasseter is the chief creative officer at Pixar, and the director of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and Cars.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writeup but more art required 24 Mar 2009
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This book contains every short films Pixar has made. That's from 1984's The Adventures of Andre & Wally B to 2007's Lifted, including three feature film-based shorts.

The format of the book is a bit peculiar. The accompanying text for all the short films are presented together at the start of the book, the art goes behind. There are no additional captions for the illustrations except for labels of credits.

The writeup is great. There's a short history of Pixar before it was even known as Pixar (founded in 1986). Following on, it details the making of each short film. There are interesting things like how depth map shadowing and tweening were used in Luxo Jr or how John Lasseter would animate into the morning and sleep under his table.

There are also plenty of stories on how each director thinks about their design and their stories. Especially intriguing because the background of these directors are amazingly varied. For one, Gary Rydstrom made his debut directing Lifted, and he's a sound designer. Each of the directors have lots to say about their production process.

If you've owned To Infinity and Beyond!, you have read some of these production stories already. The Art of Pixar Shorts provides additional information, and it has the feature filmed-based shorts which are not in the other book.

Now for the art. There are sketches, film stills, storyboards and some full colour illustrations (colour keys and beat boards).

For the 13 films featured, I felt that the amount of art shown was slightly underwhelming. Sketches from the earlier films were too little. For example, there are only 3 pages of sketches for Andre and Wally B (totalling 4 big pencil character sketches), 3 pastel paintings and 2 pages of 4 film stills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Mar 2013
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I love this book to pieces and was surprised to find it at a great price here on Amazon. It contains a lot of in depth information on each short alongside a ton of images and original sketches.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just what you want! 17 Aug 2011
Great book, great art. The only reason it got 4 rather than 5 stars is that its not really as good as some of the others in the series. Fantastic quality print of the art to a lot of the short films created by Pixar. If you like the other books in the Art of Pixar series then this is a great addition. But if you don't own any of the others, I recommend going after those first such as Finding Nemo, Up and Toy Story 3.
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