Art of Wall.E (Art of) (Pixar Animation) Hardcover – 27 Jun 2008
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REBECCA MURRAY, ABOUT.COM
The perfect companion piece to PIXAR's animated science fiction tale, The Art of WALL-E is not just a pretty coffee table book. The Art of WALL-E is a fascinating look behind the scenes at the origin of WALL-E and the film's development.
Tim Hauser's The Art of Wall-E (Chronicle) provides a mesmerizing behind-the-scenes look at the movie's origin and creation, lushly illustrated with reproductions of concept art (storyboards, character sketches, and full-color pastels, and more) accompanied by production crew quotes. The coherent text traces the importance of visual storytelling in the film, which has very little dialogue, touching on silent movie comedians, pantomime acting, and the creative freedom of animation. This handsome volume will appeal to teens interested in the history of cinema, movie production, and animation, and would make an intriguing addition to classroom studies in these areas. School Library Journal"
About the Author
TIM HAUSER has been a writer, creative executive, and producer in animation for over 20 years. PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS has created seven of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Toy Story; A Bug's Life; Toy Story 2; Monsters, Inc.; Finding Nemo; The Incredibles; Cars and Ratatouille.
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There are a few pages right up front on visual storytelling. It provides a nice introduction into the conceptualizing of the movie, and into producing a movie where the main characters have with no dialogue.
In the first chapter "Cinematic Dictation", it talks about how storyboards helps make the movie. Included in this chapter are lots of storyboards in different styles by different artists.
"Trash Planet" is the name of the second chapter. It also happens to be the same name for the movie for more than ten years before it was changed to WALL-E. Here we have sketches, paintings and colorscripts for the trash filled environment WALL-E was set in. There are also character designs for WALL-E and EVE. It's amazing to look at these paintings and see how they have evolved into actual movie scenes.
The last chapter is called "The Axiom". It contains concept art for the spaceship, robots, interiors. There are also discarded ideas such as using alien blobs instead of humans.
Missing from this book are pastel drawings, the common ingredient found in Pixar art books. Ralph Eggleston, production designer for Finding Nemo, changed to a different style!
This is another marvelous art book for any Pixar fan.
There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
This is a fine book but doesn't really live up to my expectations when compared to what came before. It is smaller, I can't see the point in printing images which are the size of postage stamps on these pages and I want to see more final, well chosen film prints and pencil, painterly, illustrations than these digital smooth works which lack texture. The Monsters Inc. art book is a better example of Pixars ability to portray wonderful characters and displays more traditional means of creating concept illustrations for these films.
Encouraged me to buy more of the Art of Pixar books, they have so much beautiful concept work, traditional mixed with digital, and a great range of artists.
A great "coffee table" book! That's if you're not embarrassed about letting your friends know you have a special place in your heart for Pixar...
Overall is it still a nice book that all ages can enjoy.
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Not a tech reference. Good for artistic purposes. To see the development and the sketching techniques.
I would suggest How To Train Your Dragon too
Just a quick review to say that, as I am a great admirer of Wall-E, I also appreciate this book, that makes me feel the genesis of the film and of the characters. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2011 by Luca