Art of Frozen (Disney Frozen Film Tie in) Hardcover – 3 Dec 2013
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"That "The Art of Frozen" is a visual treat goes without saying. There is the splendid art: the original sketches, concept paintings, storyboards, backgrounds, maquettes, and finished art; each piece identified to its artist. There are the photographs of mid-19th century Norwegian architecture and costumes used for art reference. There are the informative comments by the production staff. But more than most art-of books, "The Art of Frozen" describes the thinking that has made Frozen almost imperceptibly different from all of the other modern animated features.
The Art of . movie books are usually for those who have seen the movie. "The Art of Frozen" is so insightful as to what makes a good animated theatrical feature that even if you have not seen Frozen...you should really study this book. Don't just read it; study it!"
-"Animation World Network" --Animation World Network
About the Author
Charles Solomon is an animation historian and the author of several books, including The Art of Toy Story 3 and The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are the co-directors of Frozen. John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award-winning director, chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and principal creative officer at Walt Disney Imagineering.
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But I have to warn you that if you don't like spoilers you must first watch the movie and then read the book. That's important.... oh how I hate spoilers.
We can begin by talking about the author. Every book written by Solomon is impressive.
Now for the cover art. It isn't that bad, but there are books with nicer and artistic covers. this one seems like the two characters, Anna and Elsa, are twins and it relates Elsa to some ice-type environment? But Anna to some jungle ... all that green? Awkward. Knowing about all the beautiful illustrations inside the book I would expect a different cover picture.
But upon opening the book, what can we see. We have an introduction and some explanations about the original story until it became the story we know. there are lots of pages with dark background, which is strange for a book based on a movie with light blue colors, snow, northern places.... I would prefer lighter colors. The book has a lot of storyboards, which is interesting to realize all the differences from the movie. Next we can marvel upon the architecture, a few color studies and some clothing that came to inspire the movie style.
I personally prefer seeing character drawings and designs. Fortunately the movie has enough for us to treat ourselves with some character art. Although there are some sketches and expression poses regarding Elsa and Anna that they could've given more relevance.
We've seen a lot about how the characters were before they turned into their final versions and how much different Elsa's hair was, it had kind of a Mohawk which is interesting i guess. I'm just glad they've changed it...honestly.
Then there's reference to the song clip "love is an open door" near the end of the book...why is that I don't know nor I understand.
But long story short, it's a great and important book, seeing that frozen was one of the most money making animated movies recently. The movie is gorgeous and so is the book.
In my opinion there are too much pages with storyboards and I would've changed them for some character art.
the art studies and background designs are all there, the characters design are there, the visual is there... it's a great book. There's a lot more pro's rather than cons and if you're a fan of the movie just go ahead and buy it! And even if you aren't but enjoy animation, it's a really cool book to own. And if you study animation as well then here's a great reference book!
My score is..... 85 percent
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- Drawings / CG Models of Elsa, Olaf, and other characters
- Costume & Fabric concepts
- Design of the Trolls
- Conceptual Artwork of locations, the town, the castle, etc.
- Variety of digital paintings of Snow/Ice
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