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The Art of Kung Fu Panda Hardcover – 27 Jun 2008


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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (27 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845769260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845769260
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 2.7 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracy Miller-Zarneke is an entertainment industry journalist with more than seventeen years experience covering the art and science of movie-making. A former Daily Variety editor and currently the longtime senior editor at Millimeter magazine, he has penned dozens of articles on the production of animated and visual effects feature films.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
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This is an awesome book. It screams "character design" and shoots darts of awesome-ness.

The pages are filled with beautiful character designs from Nicolas Marlet. Each major character has their own chapter, an interesting background story explaining how they were conceived and designed. It's impressive how Nicolas Marlet manages to breathe life into them, drawing them in such a way that they are lovely and lively. The artists understand body language very well, and they show it through the poses and really reflects the characteristics of each character.

The prop designs are also wonderful. All have their purpose and mean something in Chinese history. Even the title typography of the book was designed to mimic Chinese words.

Illustrations are printed large in detail throughout the book, depicting mainly movie scenes.

This book is worth getting even if you haven't watched Kung Fu Panda. It's inspiring for anyone who loves art and animation.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By Peter Whiting on 15 Mar 2011
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Not only is the content of this book fantastic, well-presented and detailed... but the book itself is huge! This is a great tome of awesomeness, and far better (in size, price, quality...) in comparison with other art books from Disney, Pixar or even Dreamworks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. Ellis on 29 Sep 2008
Format: Hardcover
After watching the film I was blown away by the pure artistic nature of the film and went about searching for the art book.
I was drawn in immediately, the book itself is presented beautifully, showing off larger scale work which can be folded out into double page spreads as well as smaller thumbnail work of character sketches and development throughout the story, including storyboards.
The text is not tedious to read and is an interesting insight into the development of a story, it is well placed and does not over crowd the book.

A great book to own for any fan of them film.
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Format: Hardcover
Firstly, I really cannot stress enough how beautiful Nicolas Marlet's illustrations are, he creates wonderful characters and anyone who loves character art cannot help but enjoy the mans illustrative comic talent. I would have bought the book alone for his drawings and if Dreamworks had had the insight to print all his sketch books relating to Kung Fu Panda I would have bought that also. I love his work, free and inspirational and anyone who can make others laugh in a few simple lines has a gift. So I highly recommend this book to all you illustrators and animators, a beautiful drawing can say more about how a character is to be animated than any text and Marlet's work must have been very influential to the films evolution.

Ever since I was a kid, I'd buy an animation art book almost yearly. The Art of The Lion King was probably the first art book of this type I ever had given to me and it kindled my love of animation art all the more, finally in these pages were beautiful concept illustrations, story board art works, inspirational paintings and final prints from the film, all of which were bound up in beautifully presented cloth covered large scale folio editions (originally printed by Hyperion). Books like these emphasised the storytelling process the Disney studios believed in and presented imagery which spoke volumes above the text, since the key to all great artistic works be it in animation, illustration, theatre design or film is the artists ability to simply draw from life, observe it, relish it and understand it -- and from that process you have great storytelling, you need imagination naturally and that's the art part, how you see marks you out ...........
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Shooting Darts of Awesome-ness and More 7 Aug 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an awesome book. It screams "character design" and shoots darts of awesome-ness.

The pages are filled with beautiful character designs from Nicolas Marlet. Each major character has their own chapter, an interesting background story explaining how they were conceived and designed. It's impressive how Nicolas Marlet manages to breathe life into them, drawing them in such a way that they are lovely and lively. The artists understand body language very well, and they show it through the poses and really reflects the characteristics of each character.

The prop designs are also wonderful. All have their purpose and mean something in Chinese history. Even the title typography of the book was designed to mimic Chinese words.

Illustrations are printed large in detail throughout the book, depicting mainly movie scenes.

This book is worth getting even if you haven't watched Kung Fu Panda. It's inspiring for anyone who loves art and animation.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Amazing! 19 Jun 2008
By Adele Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an amazing look at the development behind the film. I bought this book based on just some small screen captures and havent even seen the feature film. But you can tell that it has had so much put into the development by the many many pages of hand drawn and painted character designs, environments and colour scripts. These images have also been used to not only guide the final CGI animation, but the wonderful traditional animation at the start and end of the film...its wonderful to see this development in a Dreamworks film, compared to the not so great Shrek development. This is a must for anyone who loves art of animation books or just want to see what SHOULD be done for the development of any animation project.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A masterful compendium of animation artists at the top of their game. 5 Jun 2008
By Claire E. Hummel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
(I must admit, I cannot possibly imagine reviewing this book based on the peripheral merchandise it may or may not come with. An "Art Of" book should be for showcasing the art, and nothing more- however it goes about doing that, if it is successful, is trivial.)

Regardless of the final product that is the movie of "Kung Fu Panda", it cannot be denied that the concept and production art leading up to its inception is breathtakingly beautiful. Nicolas Marlet's hand is strongly felt throughout its pages, but rightfully so- his ability to distill an animal and character into so few fluid shapes and lines is rarely equalled in today's animation industry. Pages are filled with his seemingly effortless character and pose studies, all of which are, somewhat inevitably, stronger even than the final product we see on screen... But so it is with polished animation.

The environmental work and colour keys are, of course, equally strong- the book ranged from great to greater, and there is hardly a dull page within its covers... Definitely worth the price of purchase. Though I am hearing more and more good things about Kung Fu Panda as the days pass, it is the Art Of book, not the trailers or billboards or hype, which has convinced me to go see this film in theatres opening night, without a doubt.

-C
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the top 3 Art of Books 4 Feb 2011
By Stop Motion Maniac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of my very favorite Art of books. It's up there with Monsters Inc., but for different reasons. I really enjoy all of the renderings in Monsters, but The Art of KF Panda does not disappoint with the sheer wealth of character sketches and backgrounds. It's one of the thicker and taller Art of titles also. The spot varnish printing on the dust jacket is a very nice touch. This also happens to be one of my favorite Dreamworks animations, and I feel they did an awesome job with continuing the excellence of the Art of titles. Highly recommended and highly encouraged to get before it's ridiculously expensive.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful 3 July 2008
By ninja otter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was definitely worth the price of purchase, no question. Everything, from the cover to page after page of Nicolas Marlet's character design work, is absolutely gorgeous. The transition between 2D and 3D characters is the closest to seamless I've seen yet, and some of the digital paintings just blow me away.

I am an animation student and this book continues to be inspiring each time I go through it. Hats off to the folks at Dreamworks for their great work and to the author for showcasing it in such a great book.
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