Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World celebrates the golden age of the film industry, with its beautiful structures and classic theme. The park grounds used to house the home of Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida, which was responsible for the development of such films as Mulan and Lilo & Stitch. That production building was later converted into an attraction where guests can visit and learn how Disney animated characters come to life. There is also a showroom inside that displays concept art for upcoming films. Monsters University concept art was recently added, and you can take a look at the beautiful pieces after the break!
Pixar Concept Art
Getting a new Pixar film means that we also get to take another peek at the beautiful pre-production art that the talented artists at the studio put together to help them tell the story. We get to see the finished product in animation form, but it takes a lot of work to make the words leap from the script into the visual world. Art is created to help the filmmakers narrow their scope, a task that can be even more helpful in the case of Monsters University, a unique world limited solely by the imagination of those who work at Pixar. There is a new set of concept art pieces that have been released and they are as gorgeous as any artwork we have seen come out of the Emeryville-based studio. Take a look at their beauty after the break!
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!
Usually when Disney/Pixar announces a project, the film makes its way into theaters a few years later. While films in development at the studio have no doubt been canceled before, Pixar shocked many when it publicly canceled newt in 2010, a film that was to be headed by Lifted director Gary Rydstrom. Pixar acknowledged the cancellation in a creative way, by releasing several pieces of concept art from the film. A former Pixar artist has now shared her own newt pre-production art, which you can take a look at after the break!
This past year has been the busiest that we have seen from Pixar, with the release of Brave, La Luna, PartySaurus Rex, Finding Nemo 3D, Monsters, Inc. 3D and the opening of Cars Land in Disney California Adventure. On New Year’s Eve, the animation studio is looking directly ahead, as a number of original films are in the works. Pixar has shared brand new concept artwork for several of its upcoming films over the next few years, which you can take a peek at after the break!
Wreck-It Ralph may not be a Pixar film, but the latest animated film from Disney has me extremely excited for its creative and original storyline – an arcade game character named Wreck-It Ralph is a villain who is tired of being the “bad guy” and tours various gaming worlds to determine where he would best fit. Disney is looking to give the film an authentic video game feel with cameos from such well-known characters such as Sonic, Bowser, Q*Bert, and Chun-Li (among many others). It was already one of my most anticipated films of the year and then I saw some new concept art which has me even more thrilled. One piece even features a cameo from a certain famous Pixar and Disney personality! [Read more…]
Each year, Pixar and Chronicle Books team up to release an art book based on the newest feature film from the animation studio. However, we have seen far less artwork from the pre-production of Pixar shorts – we saw a selection in The Art of Pixar Short Films hardcover (currently out of print) and in the recent Art of Pixar book. Artist Dice Tsutsumi, who worked with director Enrico Casarosa on La Luna‘s visual development, has released some stunning pieces of concept art created long before the short made its debut in theaters. Take a look at the artwork’s beauty after the break! [Read more…]
The highly anticipated prequel to Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, is only a year away, but we have yet to see much from the film. We saw some character artwork at the D23 Expo last summer, and the teaser trailer for the film has been playing with early screenings of Brave. The teaser should be debuting online soon, but to prepare for that, we have a special piece of concept art from the film. Take a peek after the jump! [Read more…]
The downpour of Brave concept art continues! It’s Art Magazine has debuted several new pieces of concept art from the film, featuring a number of the main characters. We get to see more pre-production artwork for Merida, her family, along with the beautiful landscape of Scotland (which may as well be a character). Again, we have seen these before in the Disney World Brave exhibit, but one cannot deny that it is always better to get a better look at the art in a higher resolution format. Take a peek at the nine pieces of stunning artwork after the jump! [Read more…]
Entertainment Weekly exclusively debuted a new piece of Brave concept art through its tablet version of the magazine. While the art has been seen before in the Brave exhibit at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, this gives us a closer look at King Fergus. He may be all fun and games in the trailers and images that have featured him up to this point, but he clearly has a fierce side to him. Take a look at the concept art after the jump! [Read more…]