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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of new characters and scenery, 13 Jun 2011
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This review is from: The Art of Cars 2 (Disney Pixar) (Hardcover)
Length:: 1:25 Mins

This is a wonderful art book for the sequel of Cars. It's packed with sketches, storyboards, character designs, background drawings and also discarded concepts. There are plenty of new characters and a few bigger locations.

The visual contrast is quite huge, compared to The Art of Cars, as the characters travel to different race tracks around the world. There's a noticeable lack of traditional medium art - lots of digital paint over set renders - but the digital art looks great too. The grayscale pencil digital sketches look nice and detailed.

The environment designs are beautiful and extremely scenic. Lightning McQueen will be racing in three different countries, namely Tokyo, London and Italy. There are additional places where they are traveling across.

It's really interesting to see familiar places getting transformed into a car-friendly world. Even the famous Notre Dame and Lourve are redesigned to take on some automobile motif. Races in Tokyo and London were adapted to the cities. A new city was created for the Italian track with finesse to match the amazing architecture. Discarded concepts include Germany's Black Forest, Prague, a port and other buildings.

The character designs are lovely. Other than cars, there are now also boats, cranes and planes. Lightning McQueen has a new cooler design, one of a lightning turning into a flame. Mater has several makeovers as well. There are a few spies, those cars with guns fitted under their hood or on the wheels. You'll also get to see some geisha, sumo cars and the iconic London bus. There are some lemon cars as well, the automotive anomalies who are the bad guys in the film.

The book is spoiler-free as it talks only about the characters and places designed.

Highly recommended for Pixar fans and collectors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into the movie, 16 Aug 2011
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This review is from: The Art of Cars 2 (Disney Pixar) (Hardcover)
This is a great art book that shows you how both the characters and the various background scenary were designed for Cars 2. It doesn't give away any spoilers either, which is nice if you haven't yet seen the movie but want to purchase the art book.
I recommend this if you're a fan of Cars or even if you're a fan of animation as it is very inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cars 2 - Art Book, 3 Nov 2014
This review is from: The Art of Cars 2 (Disney Pixar) (Hardcover)
Length:: 0:48 Mins

What's included in the book:

- Foreword by director John Lasseter
- Computer Renders (B&W and Color) of Characters and Environments
- Characters -- Lightning McQueen, Francesco, Mater
- World Grand Prix & Allinol - logos, marketing, posters
- Tokyo, Paris, and Porto Corsa style (each location has its own cars, environments, and aesthetics)
- "Roads Not Taken" - designs that did not make it into the movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 8 Feb 2013
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D. A. John (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Art of Cars 2 (Disney Pixar) (Hardcover)
Our grandson [4 years old] who is mad about these cars, knows all their names and has a good collection at home can now see them in a different context and Daddy and grand father are delighted to read the book with him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars birthday gift!, 12 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Art of Cars 2 (Disney Pixar) (Hardcover)
My son was very pleased with this gift and it was received by post very quickly. I find it very easy to buy any of these books etc from Amazon on line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Pixar art book, 31 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Art of Cars 2 (Disney Pixar) (Hardcover)
Bought this as a present for my Pixar obsessed brother, he seemed to love it quite a lot and kept shoving the book under my nose to show me all the cute little car designs. As long as he loves it I'm happy, seems like a lovely colourful art book.
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The Art of Cars 2 (Disney Pixar) by Pixar Animation Studios (Hardcover - 1 Jun 2011)
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