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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP; Slp edition (1 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933784040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784045
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 4.1 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,621,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2009
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I bought this book prior to watching the movie. It's slightly better than all of my Pixar artbooks. Mine was bought off amazon.com.

The hardcover book was housed in a protective cardboard cover box with two holes cut into it. Boog and Elliot peeked out the holes.

When you pull the book out of it's cover box, you'll notice that there's something different about this book from other artbooks. Goodies were packed everywhere in the book. They were post cards, posters, mini booklets and even stickers!

Tons of original sketches, movie stills and story boards filled the pages. The content was so vibrant and full of life. Captions and write up were short and nice to read. A scrapbook, of top notch quality, is perhaps a better description.

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for my blog's link.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Chris on 2 Feb. 2007
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The quality of this book in terms of printing and content is amazing, really surprised me. I own a number of other "art of" books about other animated films, and this has to be the best as it goes just that extra step with lots of inserts and pullouts (that are staying in!) plus a thick wood styled slip case as well as the expected large variety of images from the various production and design stages. Highly recommended to anyone who appreciates the art of animated films.
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By Tan on 7 Jan. 2015
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Great Quality! Love this book!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise Whittle on 7 Feb. 2014
I found Open season as one of my favourite films because of the beautiful artwork and characters in it, However I was shocked
to see the cheapest price for this book was nearly £100!!! I don't think any book no matter how good it is should ever for any reason be that price! Whoever has the cheapest price should immediately change this because this is not on. I think £10 to £15 is a decent price for books like this and no more because no good customer would ever buy something as a ridiculous priced book as this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
GORGEOUS AND FILLED WITH SURPRISES! 10 Dec. 2006
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
One thing that surprises me about the recent wave of computer animated feature films has been their consistency. Not all of them have been great, but I can honestly say I don't think that any were bad. Compare that to the traditional cell animation of the 70's and 80's where so many studios (outside of Disney) seemed to be only going through the motions. "Open Season" was one of those films that seemed to have gotten a bit lost in the shuffle when it opened a few months back. It certainly seemed to be a film more appreciated by filmgoers than the critics and I thought it was very well done and a lot of fun.

Animated films like these always generate a lot of marketing tie-ins and promotional items, most of it fairly bland, but not so with "The Art of Open Season" by Insight Editions. This is one stunning book! It weighs about as much as a cinder block but looks a whole lot nicer. Its 180 pages but seems much bigger as it is as stuffed as a Thanksgiving Turkey with all manner of surprises that make it a truly interactive experience. On top of that, this hardcover comes in a sturdy, die-cut slipcase, perfectly suited for the collector of fine books.

The book begins with a look at the creation of the characters including stars Boog the Bear (Martin Lawrence) and Elliot the deer (Ashton Kutcher). The book contains dozens of concept sketches full color paintings, and digital paintings on these and all of the other major characters in the film with credits given to the appropriate artist, which is a very nice touch. There are pages with nothing but facial sketches showing the characters with various expressions. I particularly like the gallery of the various redneck weekend warrior hunters.

Next up is the visual development of the film with commentary by visual development supervisor Richie Chavez. Chavez takes readers on a tour of how the 3D landscape of the town of Timberline was created, even including a map of the town with all of the important buildings and landmarks noted.

I mentioned that the book was loaded with surprises beyond the book itself and I wasn't exaggerating. Bound into the book is all sorts of interactive goodies. The Character section includes postcards (covered in tissue for protection) that can be pulled out and used if one wishes. The visual development section has a number of little booklets inside the book itself. These include a booklet on the art of the late Eyvind Earle whose landscapes inspired the wilderness look in Open Season. The Production Design section features more little booklets including one on the films voice talent, and another with art from Chavez. Finally, there is a collection of 16 large stickers in the back of the book depicting the various characters.

There is so much to see in this book that it will keep you busy for hours. Kids will love the book but it's definitely not a kid's book. This is one to own and keep on your shelves.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Open Season 12 May 2007
By Pascal - Published on Amazon.com
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I have seen the movie and wanted to walk out on it within the fist five minutes. NOT because the animation was bad, or the art direction awful, simply because the pacing and the main character's voices were just getting in the way of the experience I look for in a movie, any movie : The escape.

When I picked up the book, I was almost shocked to see that the exact oposite was happening. I found myself flipping through the pages, being brought in to this magnificent world inspired by the older Disney designers, and really enjoyed the book.

I would recommend it as a standalone Art Book, rather than a complement to the movie. In fact, you might like the movie better if you just go through the book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Well Crafted Book! 25 Oct. 2006
By ufobooks - Published on Amazon.com
This is a extraordinary book crafted in the highest quality. You will receive a beautiful embossed slipcase and inside is the hardcover book. The slipcase is a art all its own with vibrant color, embossing, and cutouts of the 2 main characters. The cutouts show the hardcover underneath.

Once you slide the book out you will be amazed at the paper engineering and whole design of the book. The publisher went to great lengths to make one of the best "Art of" books I have EVER seen as of today (and I have seen many). Every attention to detail is provided; sketches, paintings, and detail concept art. On every other page there are tons of inserts that are separate from the books content, like postcards, greeting cards, fold-outs etc. with even more art (I don't want to spoil the surprises of what is in the inserts). The book is made up to look like a Park Guide. I am very surprised by the thought and look that went into the book. Even though its paper it still has a interactive quality that seems to make you part of the book, by folding back each insert etc. it's like you are unwrapping a secret.

Even if you liked or didn't like the movie, everyone can enjoy the book's art/design and content. One of the best "Art of" books I have seen yet!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the better "Art Of..." books out there! 22 Jan. 2007
By C. Deboda - Published on Amazon.com
If you are a serious student or professional of the animation field and/or a fan of the movie, "The Art of Open Season" is a must-have in your library. This book contains TONS of great early conceptual art and designs from the film. Additionally, the artworks are large and fills up all of the negative spaces of the pages, as opposed to small thumbnailed images that are often found in other "Art Of.." books. The presentation of the book is also of very high quality and neatly put together. Inspiring and informative, I believe this book sets a new standard for future "Art Of..." books (and I own quite a few myself). Highly Recommended!
Scrapbook styled artbook 10 July 2007
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book prior to watching the movie. It's slightly better than all of my Pixar artbooks. Mine was bought off amazon.com.

The hardcover book was housed in a protective cardboard cover box with two holes cut into it. Boog and Elliot peeked out the holes.

When you pull the book out of it's cover box, you'll notice that there's something different about this book from other artbooks. Goodies were packed everywhere in the book. They were post cards, posters, mini booklets and even stickers!

Tons of original sketches, movie stills and story boards filled the pages. The content was so vibrant and full of life. Captions and write up were short and nice to read. A scrapbook, of top notch quality, is perhaps a better description.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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