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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (1 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452127999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452127996
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.5 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tracey Miller-Zarneke has authored seven books on the art of animation and has also served as technical editor for the textbook Producing Animation. John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award(R) winning director and chief creative officer of Walt Disney, Disneytoon and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative officer of Walt Disney Imagineering. Klay Hall is the director of Planes. Hall is a two-time Emmy(R) nominee for his work on the hit animated television series King of the Hil. Bobs Gannaway is the director and co-writer of Planes: Fire and Rescue. During his nineteen-year career with Disney, he has served as writer, producer and director on over 300 half hours of television animation.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:51 Mins
The Art of Planes is a beautiful artbook companion to the two films Planes and Planes: Fire & Rescue.

It's a 176-page hardcover book that's quite similar in format to Pixar artbooks.

It has a balanced mixture of character designs, environment art and other graphics such as logos, colour scripts, storyboards, etc. I really like the huge concept paintings.

The design of the planes are similar in style to those from the world of Cars. They are in the same world, except that these two films are produced by Disney. There are some input from Pixar artists but it's predominately Disney made. But seriously, from the artworks you see in the book, it's hard to tell whether or not this is Disney or Pixar -- you would have to watch the films themselves.

The character designs consist the final CG renders, sketches and coloured illustrations. I like the variety I'm looking at because there are not just planes, but also other vehicles like forklifts, trucks, pitties, helicopters and other cars. There's Dusty Crophopper with the other racers from Wings Around the Globe, his friends from hometown Propwash Junction, and the other vehicles that hang around Piston Peak National Park. Putting eyes and the appropriate postures to those vehicles really give them a sense of personality and a certain quirkiness.

There are a lot of environment art as well which I also love. They are really beautiful. They are places around the hometown, the different countries in the race, hangars, garages, interiors, open vistas of mountains, valleys and canyons. It's quite cool to see the transformation of certain iconic monuments and buildings to fit into the world of Planes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful artbook 22 Aug. 2014
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Art of Planes is a beautiful artbook companion to the two films Planes and Planes: Fire & Rescue.

It's a 176-page hardcover book that's quite similar in format to Pixar artbooks.

It has a balanced mixture of character designs, environment art and other graphics such as logos, colour scripts, storyboards, etc. I really like the huge concept paintings.

The design of the planes are similar in style to those from the world of Cars. They are in the same world, except that these two films are produced by Disney. There are some input from Pixar artists but it's predominately Disney made. But seriously, from the artworks you see in the book, it's hard to tell whether or not this is Disney or Pixar -- you would have to watch the films themselves.

The character designs consist the final CG renders, sketches and coloured illustrations. I like the variety I'm looking at because there are not just planes, but also other vehicles like forklifts, trucks, pitties, helicopters and other cars. There's Dusty Crophopper with the other racers from Wings Around the Globe, his friends from hometown Propwash Junction, and the other vehicles that hang around Piston Peak National Park. Putting eyes and the appropriate postures to those vehicles really give them a sense of personality and a certain quirkiness.

There are a lot of environment art as well which I also love. They are really beautiful. They are places around the hometown, the different countries in the race, hangars, garages, interiors, open vistas of mountains, valleys and canyons. It's quite cool to see the transformation of certain iconic monuments and buildings to fit into the world of Planes. For example, Statue of Liberty is modified forklift holding the torch, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul has four giant propeller blades at each corner and Mexico has their Mayan inspired pyramid hangars. In the national park, there are mountains and canyons with shapes of vehicles and planes carved into them.

Most of the designs are accompanied by insightful commentary on the characters and story requirements.

It's a wonderful artbook packed with beautiful art.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars but does have a lot of nice concept work 8 Aug. 2014
By V. Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not as much text information as most Art Of- books, explaining artistic decisions and ideas behind the art, but does have a lot of nice concept work. Would have been nice to know more about the thoughts and feelings behind the films.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 Jun. 2016
By Anthony Deus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Aug. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent coffee table art book of Pixar's Planes. It's Pixar - how can you go wrong?!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough character sketches. 9 July 2014
By Dixie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although I was disappointed in the original movie, I am a big fan of airplanes in general, so I bought this book hoping for lots of character development sketches. Unfortunately, this book is mostly (about 80%) environments. They are gorgeous of course but they aren't what I wanted to see. Plus most of the drawing and painting in here is digital. I'd much rather see more pencil sketches, very early ones, through from inspiration to finished render but they are nowhere to be found. I'll keep the book but if I had to do it over I wouldn't buy it. If you are considering it I suggest looking at a copy in person before buying.

On a personal note, I'm sad to say that Pixar really doesn't seem to understand aviation or airplanes. I practically grew up in an FBO and there are so many stories, plenty of material there but Pixar didn't dig deep enough to find the heart of it.
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