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The Art of the Croods is one of my top favourite artbooks for this year.

Every page is a luscious display of gorgeous art. There are plenty of fun and wonderful character designs and sketches. The environment art are filled with inviting colours covering exotic locations. You know that heightened sense of awareness you get when you're traveling overseas? I feel a bit like that just from looking at the background art. It's a beautiful colourful world.

Creature designs are real fun and you get to see the many different ways of creating cute. There are a lot of cross species mix and match which somehow reminds me of creatures from Avatar The Last Airbender but the style here is much different. And there are the flora designs of all the places in the movie. There are a lot of details to take in.

Chris Sander's on board as director but you won't see much of his art. However, you'll see art from Carter Goodrich, Dominique Louis, Shane Prigmore, Christophe Lautrette and many other talented artists. The art director is Paul Duncan. The art team is amazing.

This book is a treat to the visual senses.

Highly recommended.

Do not miss out on this.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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The Art of The Croods is a beautiful large-format book detailing the art and making of Dreamworks' latest animated feature film. The Croods tells the story of a family living during the fictional prehistoric Croodaceous era, which is also home to lots of weird and wonderful creatures. Dreamworks created a thoroughly enjoyable world for both children and adults and this book tells you everything you could ever need to know!

The Art of The Croods begins with a foreword by Nicolas Cage, who is the voice behind the character of Grug, which then leads into some truly jaw-dropping artwork. After the introduction, aptly titled Strange New World, the book is split into three sections: Finding The Croods, An Evolving World and Anatomy of a Scene. Each section is extensive when it comes to both art and accompanying text; there's an awful lot to read in this book, more so than usual. Director Kirk DeMicco talks a lot about themes throughout the film, including those of fear and change. These two particular themes are very important to the Croods and their journey, so I'm glad it was highlighted here early on.

I always find early character concept art to be one of the most interesting parts of a movie art book, and The Art of The Croods is bursting with pages and pages of it. Seeing how Grug evolved from looking more like an ape to a badass caveman caught my eye, tough I think my favourite would have to be Eep. Her earlier concepts have her looking a lot more comical than she turned out to be, which really wouldn't have worked in the finished film. I also have to mention Belt the sloth. He's so cute and handy (he doubles as a belt for Guy!) and here's a little fun fact: he was voiced by co-director Chris Sanders!

There's so much featured in The Art of The Croods that it would be impossible to mention it all here. Quite a lot of page time is dedicated to the fantastical animals featured, such as Punch Monkeys, Bear Owls and the Macawnivore to name a few. There's also a big section covering the land and locations, and a whole chapter detailing the anatomy of a scene. Anyone interested in animation will find this fascinating - it really is unbelievable how much time and skill goes into creating these films. They truly are a work of art.

The Art of The Croods is visually breathtaking, both in design and layout and the content itself. Every page includes amazing art from every aspect of the filmmaking process, whether it be early designs, concept art or finished digital imagery. It's all here in this 177-page book, along with several double-page foldout sections designed to give a wider look at characters and creatures.

I can't say enough good things about this book, it's easily as good as The Art of Rise of the Guardians and The Art of Epic (two other brilliant Titan books you should check out). Although they're all very different films, the exact same amount of care and attention was taken during their production, though I think this book includes slightly more text than the others I mentioned. It took me a good few days to read everything and author Noela Hueso did a great job bringing it all together. I highly recommended it to film and animation fans everywhere!

4.5/5
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on 9 February 2014
I love all 'The Art of' books, similarly this book has excellent art content and an insight on the development of this film, any one who loves CG movies and wants to get more details should get this. Collectors item! ....
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on 26 April 2013
This book is packed with scenic images both hand sketched and rendered. The movie went by that fast that it nice to look back in a book and discover hidden treats you may have missed.

Visually it is a beautiful book and quite inspirational, but I did not feel it went into enough depth in regards to design and character development.
Most images of the animals you only see the final stylised versions. In some cases there is only a single image of an animal. Personally I would like to have seen more of the character and animal sketch developments, character studies and even concepts that didn't make it into the final film.

Overall its a pretty book and worth the money.
If scenic design and landscapes are your thing then you should definitely buy this book.
If you prefer to see idea and concept development... I'd reluctantly give it a miss.

Hope this has been of some help if you were considering this book.
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on 29 May 2013
The art of the Croods is a must have. The concepts are so unique and original. It shows a beautiful range of concepts, as well as the different stages in which the artists went through to finally achieve they polished outcome.
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on 8 May 2014
Beautifully illustrated, tons of character and creature design, very high quality. As far as Art Books go this is easily one of my favorites!
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on 17 November 2013
So glad I decided to buy this. A great addition to a wonderful film. The art work is beautiful, great for artists and non-artists.
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on 25 September 2013
I really love this book. It contains a lot of fantastic design.

The quality of print is really good as well.
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on 4 April 2015
Better book than the movie! Lovely work, inspiring for animation fans and artists of all ages!
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on 26 January 2016
it was for my daughter
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