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Art of Madagascar Hardcover – 15 Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP (15 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933784709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784700
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jerry Beck is the author of over fifteen books on animation history. He writes about classic cartoon characters at CartoonResearch.com and blogs about modern animation at AnimationScoop.com. A former studio executive with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney TV, Beck currently teaches animation history at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA, where he lives.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:30 Mins
This art book follows a style very similar to The Art of Kung Fu Panda. Character art is presented before background location art.

There are lots of character designs, background paintings and even discarded storyboards and art. In-depth descriptions are included before each character or location. These stories contain stuff like character motivations, challenges to creating Africa the continent and production strategies to make characters more prominent in New York City and other stuff.

All these make for very interesting read on the production and creative process.

However, the book is strange at some parts. There are some incredibly detailed paintings which were printed at only 4 inches wide. Lots of details can't be seen. While some of the full page rendition of the main characters are great, some really don't deserve to be blown up that big because of -- again -- the lack of detail. I really don't think broad pencil sketches for Marty the zebra should command a single page, as do the 3D render of Gloria the hippo.

Some of the beautiful scene paintings really deserve a bigger canvas.

Once the section for background location art starts, the book becomes considerably much better. Now, most of the digital paintings are displayed big for all the glory.

On the last few pages includes the discarded characters and storyboard. There's also a page on 4 stages of production and another page on props. There are not many movie stills, which is great.

Unfortunately, I cannot comment on whether the book contains art from both the movie because I've yet to watch them.

Overall, this is still a pretty fun art book to get.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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A great book received in perfect condition.
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Brill thanks
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90bc9b88) out of 5 stars Some paintings deserve to be printed bigger 21 Nov. 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This art book follows a style very similar to The Art of Kung Fu Panda. Character art is presented before background location art.

There are lots of character designs, background paintings and even discarded storyboards and art. In-depth descriptions are included before each character or location. These stories contain stuff like character motivations, challenges to creating Africa the continent and production strategies to make characters more prominent in New York City and other stuff.

All these make for very interesting read on the production and creative process.

However, the book is strange at some parts. There are some incredibly detailed paintings which were printed at only 4 inches wide. Lots of details can't be seen. While some of the full page rendition of the main characters are great, some really don't deserve to be blown up that big because of -- again -- the lack of detail. I really don't think broad pencil sketches for Marty the zebra should command a single page, as do the 3D render of Gloria the hippo.

Some of the beautiful scene paintings really deserve a bigger canvas.

Once the section for background location art starts, the book becomes considerably much better. Now, most of the digital paintings are displayed big for all the glory.

On the last few pages includes the discarded characters and storyboard. There's also a page on 4 stages of production and another page on props. There are not many movie stills, which is great.

Unfortunately, I cannot comment on whether the book contains art from both the movie because I've yet to watch them.

Overall, this is still a pretty fun art book to get.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b40006c) out of 5 stars Great Book 29 Jun. 2009
By Gabriel S. Fazzioni - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is much more than I Expected. There is a lot of sketches and rendered drawings inside, greater than great ! Totally recomended !
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b09cd14) out of 5 stars Lots of fun stuff 30 Oct. 2008
By Love and peace - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots of fun stuff and images from Madagascar 1 and 2.
Dreamworks makes more realistic movies. Madagascar is one of fun and cartoon style. I love the characters on this movies and this books show how they changed from the original drawing to the show. Tons of Development stuffs. Although the style is very simple, shows lots of details. my only complain is that the color seems bit dull compared with other Art of books that I have. Printed not on glossy papers, that is why...?
HASH(0x8b46cb64) out of 5 stars excelente 3 Dec. 2011
By CARLOS - Published on Amazon.com
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Muy buen libro con ilustraciones de los personajes y toda su evolucion. Increible material para los que nos gusta el arte de la animacion. Con detalles de cada uno de los animales y los escenarios. Coloridas y muy detalladas escenas de como se hizo cada una de las tomas. Los escenarios y los caracters de toda la pelicuala y con material de la primer pelicula tambien.
No puede faltar en tu biblioteca
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b07e978) out of 5 stars Not worth the looking :( 22 Oct. 2008
By Sea Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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Sadly, I just sent this book back to Amazon. I was really looking forward to this and it was a great disappointment. In no way does this book come close to any of the other "Making of" animation books that I have. This book is more a re-hash of the first movie. Maybe the title should have been "Art of the Madagascar movies". All it seems to be is a description of the characters from the film. Very little of interest is mentioned about the second film. This is the first book from Amazon that I have ever returned. Maybe the studio will make a better one after the film is released. I would not recommend this one at all to anyone who is familiar with the quality of other published "Making of" or "Art of" books.
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