In order to purchase some beautiful Pixar artwork, one must usually wait for the release of the next feature film from the studio. Chronicle Books and Pixar have long been working together to publish a selection of art created for every production. Chronicle has a bit of a surprise this year, in the form of a Pixar art book made up of stunning colorscripts from not only the feature films but most of the shorts from the animation studio’s catalog. Read on for official details of “The Art of Pixar” and a hi-res image of that colorful cover.
The orange band can be removed to reveal a cover comprised solely of artwork – very fitting.
Chronicle Books shared a press release with us noting just how many color scripts we can expect to see in this 320-page book. Check out the full press release below:
The Art of Pixar
The Complete Colorscripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation
By Amid Amidi, Foreword by John Lasseter
11 x 9 in, 320pp, full-color, hardback ISBN: 9780811879637
Over the past twenty-five years, the extraordinary team at Pixar has revolutionized the field of animation. Celebrate the creativity and imagination of the groundbreaking studio with this comprehensive collection of behind-the-scenes art, featuring introductory essays by veteran animation writer Amid Amidi, a foreword from Pixar’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, the complete (rarely seen) color scripts from Pixar’s feature and short films, as well as a wide selection of rich visual development art. This deluxe volume offers a new look at the vibrant worlds, characters and art of Pixar.
Includes colorscripts for Pixar’s feature films:
- Toy Story
- A Bug’s Life
- Toy Story 2
- Monsters, Inc.
- Finding Nemo
- The Incredibles
- Toy Story 3
- Cars 2
- Jack-Jack Attack
- Mater and the Ghostlight
- Your Friend The Rat
- Partly Cloudy
- Rescue Squad Mater
- Day & Night
- El Materador
- Heavy Metal Mater
- Air Mater
- Hawaiian Vacation
- La Luna
About the Authors
Amid Amidi is a founder and editor of the leading animation industry resource CartoonBrew.com. He is the author of numerous books including The Art of Pixar Short Films and the award-winning Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation. He lives in New York City.
John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award-winning director and the chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
About Chronicle Books
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclebooks.com.
About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “UP,” and “Toy Story 3.” The Northern California studio has won 29 Academy Awards® and seven Golden Globes®. Its twelve films have grossed more than $6.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Pixar’s latest film, “Cars 2” opened on June 24, 2011 and their next adventure, “Brave,” takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012.
About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, with over 250 million children’s books and over 400 million children’s magazines sold each year. Disney Publishing Worldwide consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints including Disney Book Group in the U.S., Disney Libri in Italy and Disney Libros in Spain. DPW publishes a range of children’s magazines globally including Topolino, Le Journal de Mickey, and Donald Duck, as well as family titles in the U.S. which include Disney FamilyFun and Phineas and Ferb. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business which includes Disney English schools in China and a worldwide retail licensing program. DPW’s digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.
For an example of the beauty of a colorscript, here are some images from the Toy Story 3 color script (art by Dice Tsutsumi):
Not only will there be colorscripts, but we shall also see some visual development art, making this a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at Pixar’s films. It will be exciting to see some more artwork from the shorts, including the upcoming La Luna.
This hardcover is sure to make a nice and heavy stocking stuffer for the holiday season. “The Art of Pixar: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art From 25 Years of Animation” is expected to hit retail by December 1st. Start saving!