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The Art of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit: The Curse of the Wererabbit [Hardcover]

Andy Lane , Paul Simpson
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28 Oct 2005
Wallace & Gromit are starring in their first feature-length film, Curse of the Wererabbit, produced by Multi-Oscar winning Aardman Animation! Our two heroes have started an humane pest control business, Anti-pesto, but when they try to tackle an infestation threatening the local Giant Vegetable Competition, they come face-to-face with a terrifying and mysterious beast...the Wererabbit! Discover all the film's behind-the-scenes secrets in this full-colour, lavishly illustrated companion. With exclusive concept art, character models, set designs, stills and more, plus interviews with all the leading talent and an introduction by Nick Park, The Art of Wallace & Gromit is the indispensable guide to this must-see movie.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (28 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845761367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845761363
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.9 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 717,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...reads like a print version of the best extra you could ever wish for from the DVD." -- Total Film Dec 2005

Featuring a colurful collection of storyboards, production sketches and stills...impeccably presented..." -- Film Review, January 2006

About the Author

Andy Lane has written on Dr Who, The Magic Roundabout, Austin Powers, Babylon 5, Creature Comforts and two previous Wallace & Gromit books, amongst others. He is also a contributor to numerous film and TV magazines, including Radio Times. Paul Simpson has contributed to many genre publications, including SFX and Dreamwatch. He is the author of Titan's bestselling Farscape Illustrated Companions and the Smallville Official Companion series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Wallace and Gromit 18 Jan 2006
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I think this book is really great. Not only can we understand more fully the ideas and production of this film, but it also aids any animation student in the practical field. It offers tips that would be helpful even to someone just starting out animating in their bedroom. I think the illistrations are beautiful, and marry perfectly with the well concieved captions. The lavish detial in the film we all enjoyed is explained and disected in matching detail- and from this book we can fully understand how they got there, with sketches, models and 3D pre-visualiations This book is a jem - one to keep for ever. A must have for fans and serious students of animation alike!
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This book is a really great guide to how the oscar winnning movie was made.

From early character designs to the drawing of the storyboards, it's all here presented with some beautiful drawings all placed at the right point in the book so that they do go with what is being written.

My favourite parts were, as a mad fan of the film, the boxes with bits you might have missed in the final production.

These were things from the barbers shop being called 'a close shave' (a reference to the duos 3rd outing) to the mysterious fact that Feathers McGraw (the penguin from the Wrong Trousers) appears in the film for a good 7 or 8 seconds, something that no-one sofar outside Aardman has spotted!

All in all, a wonderful guide and a must hae for beginners and advanced animators as well as a must have for any fans of Wallace and Gromit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crackling fun 11 Mar 2009
By Parka - Published on
I love the movie Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit. It is stop motion goodness and the soundtrack is fantastic as well. This book is pretty good also. While the book is titled "art of", it's actually more of a "making of" book.

Nick Park and Steve Box are the directors. They are also artists and did most of the illustrations, concepts and storyboards for the film. Most of them can be seem, together with illustrations and sketches from other artists as well.

As with any good "making of" book, this book takes an in depth look at how the shots are created. In this case, four scenes are pulled out, namely The Anti-pesto Launch Sequence, Gromit Chases the Were-rabbit, The Beast Within and The Finale. There are storyboard comparisons with film stills, some photos on the set and characters. Captions provided by the crew talks about the technical challenges faced during production.

On the story side, there are write up on the history of Wallace and Gromit, the early developments, characters, sets and inventions. All provide for interesting read into the back stories and how their aid the movie plot.

This is a great book for those into stop motion animation, as well as fans of the movie.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has To Be The Best Wallace & Gromit Book Ever! 4 Feb 2008
By Windy City Reader - Published on
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I bought this book as I have an appreciation not only for the characters but the art behind the movie. This book not only goes into behind the scene details, but breaks out the main characters and explains the thought behind each including pictures of unfinished characters either in clay or sketch format. It really helps one get a feel for the process as a whole. Filled with many full color pictures this would make an awesome gift for any Wallace and Gromit fan. It has to be by far the best and most comprehensive Wallace and Gromit book I've seen. Congrats Aardman!
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the price 1 Mar 2014
By Jim Daigle - Published on
The book was well written and had a lot of background information without being overly technical. This included concept art and characters that were dropped from the film or significantly changed. There were also interesting details on how some puppets and sets were made, and what earlier films influenced the movie. The book helps demonstrate the enormous amount of work and number of people involved in producing a major motion picture. As a fan of Wallace and Gromit, I would say this book is a welcome addition to my collection.
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