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The Art of "Coraline" [Hardcover]

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A lavishly produced, four-colour book, "The Art of Coraline" takes readers inside the making of the blockbuster film "Coraline," to be released in theaters March 2009. Taking readers behind the scenes to experience the entire creative process of the movie, The script, and the book including the making and use of the puppets, the visual effects, the art of filmmaking and the process of turning a book into a movie. The book will feature interviews with all the major stars, the director, and Neil Gaiman."Coraline" is the story of a little girl who discovers a door in her family's new house. The door once led to a room, but when the old house was converted into apartments the doorway was bricked up. That is, until Coraline sneaks the key from her distracted mother, opens the door ...and enters an alternate universe, where dogs eat nothing but chocolate, cats can talk, and she is greeted enthusiastically by her Other Parents. Gaiman fans, cinema buffs, and visual art enthusiasts will all delight in a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of an extraordinary film.

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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant 6 Feb 2009
By A. Kaszycki - Published on Amazon.com
They had this book at the Art of Coraline Exhibit in SF. After viewing the astoundingly beautiful artwork in the show I was excited to crack this book open in hopes of finding even more gorgeous concept art, etc. from the film only to find barely any of it in the tome. Why would we want a book full of pictures from the film (which are poorly printed) when we can view them in all their glory (and animated) on the screen? We want a true Art of Coraline book (the publishers need to go look at some of Insight Editions books for "Open Season", "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" to find out what their book should have been). Don't waste your money on this book. If you want to read about how the film came about I suggest buying a cup of coffee in the bookstore and read it while you sip. Then you'll only have had to spend $2-3 to get the info.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 30 Jan 2009
By David Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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It looks like the film will be completely amazing but the visual companion was pretty disappointing. The images are low resolution (72 dpi some of them). And the book only really features the artwork of one of the artists involved. There was an amazingly talented team working on this film and I would have liked to have a selection of artwork from all of them....and I would have liked to have seen that selection at a decent resolution, not pixelated screen grabs. Avoid this book....perhaps they'll re-release it down the track with better quality images (and a better representeation of the talent that was involved).
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment... 2 Feb 2009
By Damon Smith - Published on Amazon.com
This book looks like something your grandmother might print with her ten-year-old ink-jet printer. The photographs are dark, muddy, pixelized, and full of JPEG artifacts. William Morrow should be ashamed of themselves for publishing this. The talented artists who worked on this movie deserve much better, as do Neil Gaiman's dedicated fans.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coraline: A Visual Companion 4 Mar 2009
By V - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read not so glowing reviews about the book. I suspect that others expected a lot and by reading their reviews, I expected less. I was after the reading material more than the pictures.

However, as much as the quality of pictures shared in this book are not the best, I understand why others were disappointed.

As a fan, it's a good read if you want to know what happened behind the scenes and how the movie, crew and cast came to be.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 2 Mar 2009
By Nantiec - Published on Amazon.com
I'm very very very disappointed...
Why?, because the quality of picture are very bad, not all but the half have big big pixel and i found it's incerdible for a movie with picture in hd.
And this book are not very good (i prefere the book of nightmare before christmas) because if you search a book with good picture about making of, armature face or explanation about how they make puppet. it's not the good book.
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