The Art of Pixar Films Series From Chronicle Books

Since 2001 when Monster’s Inc. was released, Chronicle Books has simultaneously released beautiful lavishly illustrated and photo laden companion books that showcase the attention to detail and collaborative effort that goes into creating a Pixar film.

Each book provides details on the creative process from the early story boards to the final color scheme and everything in between.  Whether you are an animation buff, film fanatic, art lover or pop culture fan the Chronicle series of Pixar books are bound to delight, inspire, education and entertain.

The two most recent Art of Pixar books are:

The Art of Pixar Short Films

While Pixar Animation Studios was creating beloved feature-length films such as Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and WALL•E, it was simultaneously testing animation and storytelling techniques in dozens of memorable short films. Andre and Wally B proved that computer animation was possible; Tin Toy laid the groundwork for what would become Toy Story; and Mike’s New Car exposed Pixar’s finely tuned funny bone. In The Art of Pixar Short Films ($40), animation expert and short film devotee Amid Amidi shines a spotlight on these and many more memorable vignettes from the Pixar archive. Essays and interviews illuminate more than 250 full-color pastels, pencil sketches, storyboards, and final rendered frames that were the foundation of Pixar’s creative process.

The 11 x 9 in. hardcover book is 160 pages and contains 300 color illustrations.

The Art of Toy Story 3

Disney•Pixar’s next leap forward will take viewers back to the story that started it all. This summer, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Rex, Slinky Dog, and Hamm—alongside a surprising cast of new toys—return to the big screen in Toy Story 3, a comical new adventure in Disney Digital 3D. In The Art of Toy Story 3 ($40) internationally renowned animation historian Charles Solomon takes readers through the technical challenges, triumphs, and emotional hurdles that faced the Pixar team as they developed the toys’ new adventure. The Art of Toy Story 3 includes an extended introduction showcasing the story and visual development behind the first two films, as well as a gallery of over 250 pieces of concept art. Featuring storyboards, character studies, color keys, reference photos, environment art, and a special gatefold of Toy Story 3 color scripts by art director Daisuke Tsutsumi, this deluxe volume provides a memorable narrative of the entire Toy Story trilogy.

This gorgeous 11 x 9 hardcover is 160 pages and filled with photographs and illustrations throughout the entire book.

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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