The history of Pixar is a tale that has been told often because of its incredible story. The studio was on the brink of failure for a number of years before the release of Toy Story catapulted the company into a serious player in Hollywood. Now, as a result of an incredible number of hits in its short history, there is no other studio that is held to higher standards than Pixar. There have been a few excellent books written on Pixar (e.g. The Pixar Touch), but they have always been authored by outside sources. Random House has announced that studio co-founder Ed Catmull has penned a book about the studio and it will be arriving in bookstores next year!
As viewers, we do not get to see a thorough look at the behind-the-scenes process on Pixar films. Special features on Blu-ray/DVD releases and featurettes shared online give us but a glimpse of the years of work and thousands of pieces of artwork that are drafted up by those working on the film. The “Art of…” books for Pixar films shine a light on the concept art and other pieces of pre-production artwork, showcasing them on big glossy pages in a beautiful oversized hardcover. The art book for Monsters University is up next and its cover design was just updated with stunning new concept art, which you can see after the break!
Chronicle Books and Pixar have worked together for over a decade to deliver art books filled with gorgeous pre-production artwork created during the development of films from the animation powerhouse. Years are devoted to exploring ideas in art form at the studio, so getting a chance to take a peek at the behind-the-scenes process is often awe-inspiring. With Monsters University on deck for release this summer, that means another art book will be making its way to stores. Actually, The Art of Monsters University was recently listed for pre-order, giving us a look at the possible cover for the book. Take a look at it after the break!
Through Disneyland, Walt Disney wanted to transport park visitors to a different era filled with joy and free from the harsh realities that daily life brings. To set the tone, he found attraction posters to be a gateway for children and adults to connect with happy memories of the past and fun-filled potential for the future. Although the process of screen printing to bring these posters to life was not cheap, Walt felt it was essential to give guests the full experience – combine the posters with the attractions themselves and those of all ages would find themselves immersed in their surroundings at all times, with little opportunity for the mind to wander away from enjoying “the happiest place on Earth.” Disney Editions has released “Poster Art of the Disney Parks” to celebrate that aspect of visiting the parks and it is without a doubt a must-have.
Back in 2005, Chronicle Books released a Pixar postcard set in time for the studio’s 20th anniversary. The set contained 100 postcards featuring concept art from all of the feature films and short films that had been produced by the animation studio. Now, after a seven-year wait, Chronicle is set to release a Volume 2 in the series, with 100 all-new postcards with artwork from arguably some of Pixar’s greatest films. Find more details and the press release after the break! [Read more...]
One of the reasons why Monsters, Inc. is one of my favorite Pixar films is the imaginative world created by director Pete Docter and his supporting staff – the character design and architecture of Monstropolis are incredibly creative, bringing a unique bustling city to life on the screen. Back in 2001, Monsters, Inc. was the first film to receive the “Art of…” treatment from Chronicle Books, which has gone on to release a stunning art book for each subsequent Pixar release. After being unavailable for sale through retailers for years, the hardcover book is now back in print! [Read more...]
These days, Brave is the Pixar film that is getting most of the attention, with a huge ad campaign promoting its upcoming release. While the feature film is nearing its final days of production, the new short La Luna wrapped in 2011, premiering at the Annecy International Film Festival last summer. It is making its worldwide debut with Brave in June, but a new book featuring the film’s story has just been released today. [Read more...]
If you love to collect books that give you rare looks behind the scenes of great films, brace yourself because Up and Monsters, Inc. director Pete Docter has a project coming out that is perfect for you. In his younger years, Docter was quite the fan of flipbooks, creating his own to satisfy his love of animation. He is still rather fond of them and is now collaborating with Disney to release a box set of nine flipbooks, each one portraying a classic Disney scene with original linework by the legendary Nine Old Men. Check out more details after the jump! [Read more...]
Ever wonder how one gets their hands on an original sketch from a Pixar artist or a signed book from a director at the studio? Of course you have! Dice Tsutsumi, Art Director of Toy Story 3, has set up an auction to benefit Japan after the catastrophic events the country faced one year ago. With 100% of the proceeds going to the Mercy Corps Japan Recovery Fund, taking a look at the auction of these rare items is a no-brainer. Check out some of the awesome collectibles after the jump! [Read more...]
La Luna has been receiving an extraordinary amount of attention in the awards sector for its charming visuals and plot. It was recently shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for an Oscar in the “Best Animated Short” category, and it hasn’t even seen wide release yet (it is coming to theatres nationwide with Brave on June 22). The beautiful short is all set to become one of the most beloved Pixar shorts (it’s that good), so there will surely be shoppers looking to own a piece of the film. As luck would have it, they will have the chance – a La Luna hardcover will be making its way into bookstores later this year. [Read more...]
Amazon has a tendency to list items far in advance of their release, often giving prospective buyers their first look at book covers and descriptions. This weekend, our friend Martin over at Upcoming Pixar came upon the next installment in the great “Art of” series published by Chronicle Books. “The Art of Brave” is currently set for release in June and comes in at 160 pages. The preliminary cover art features Princess Merida clutching a sword and shield. It is, as always in the case of these books, a stunning look behind the scenes of the film. Take a look at the cover after the jump. [Read more...]
Book Review – “The Art of Pixar: The Complete Colorscripts and Select Art From 25 Years of Animation”
“The Art of Pixar: The Complete Colorscripts and Select Art From 25 Years of Animation” is a bit of a departure from the art books that we are used to seeing from Pixar and Chronicle Books. In being a book celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the animation studio, there could have been a number of directions to take this book. Spotlighting the films’ colorscripts, horizontal pieces of artwork focused on setting the color and mood of the various scenes, was a fascinating choice. Often, the most detailed or abstract art gets the biggest push in art books such as these, but colorscripts are the perfect way to display the scope of these films. [Read more...]
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. [Read more...]
Last week, I received a review copy of “The Art of Cars 2,” the newest in a long line of beautiful art books that Chronicle Books has released in collaboration with Pixar. The 160-page hardcover is packed with sketches, lighting studies, and storyboards that were created throughout the film’s production, which is essentially the reason why film fans love these types of books. It is like taking a trip with the film’s creative team and going on an in-depth visual journey through the development process. In “The Art of Cars 2,” art fans and movie buffs get the definitive behind-the-scenes look at Pixar’s latest, and boy, is it glorious. [Read more...]
Chronicle Books updated its website to display its brand new collaboration with Pixar – a book collecting the color scripts that were put together for each of the studio’s films. While I first heard about the book’s existence last year, “The Art of Pixar: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art From 25 Years of Animation” first showed up on Amazon a few months ago, confirming that Chronicle and Pixar would be celebrating the famed animation studio’s 25th Anniversary in style. Read on for a look at the cover of the book, as well as the official product description. [Read more...]
Recently, Amazon listed a new art book celebrating Pixar’s 25th Anniversary that is due for release in November of this year. The book title that the popular retailer has listed is “The Art of Pixar: 25th Anniversary: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art From 25 Years of Animation.” While we knew the book would focus on the color scripts from Pixar’s various films, we were a bit unsure of what the book would include. Now, we have a description for the book, which you can check out here. [Read more...]
The art books that Chronicle Books collaborates on with Pixar are always spectacular. If it weren’t for these great books, many of the pieces of artwork created during production of Pixar films would go unseen by the general public. With Cars 2 set to debut in June, the accompanying art book will likely be another fantastic view into the minds of the artists at the studio.
Recently, Chronicle unveiled the final cover design for “The Art of Cars 2“, which you can see here.
One of the the highlights surrounding the release of a Pixar film is always the great art book that Chronicle Books publishes to accompany the film. The Art of Toy Story 3 was a fantastic look at the concept art and behind-the-scenes processes of the film. The Art of Cars 2 will likely prove to be no different. Well, gasp, the book is now available for pre-order on Amazon! [Read more...]
This past Friday, October 1, I was lucky enough to attend a lecture at the Museum of Modern Art by John Canemaker, author of Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft. The Disney Editions book takes a look at the lives of Pixar animator Joe Ranft and Disney storyteller Joe Grant.
There have been many Pixar books that have been published in the past: the great art books that accompany each feature film and books that cover the history of the acclaimed studio. Never has there been one like The Pixar Treasures.