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Prince of Egypt Hardcover – November 15, 1998

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Charles Solomon heeds the maxim that one picture is worth a thousand words in The Prince of Egypt: A New Vision in Animation. Dedicated to exploring the behind-the-scenes making of DreamWorks' first animated film, the book is a gorgeous compilation of artwork, from preliminary sketches to final product, that demonstrates the complicated process of bringing cartoon characters to life. What text there is is mostly tucked away in the form of captions, along with brief introductions to each chapter and a short section at the end containing information on such topics as the music, the layout, the story, and the animators. This lush, beautiful book will appeal both to fans of the movie and readers with a more general interest in animation. What's more, it'll look great on your coffee table.

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Charles Solomon, a respected authority on animation ... does a good job of explaining how The Prince of Egypt integrates the handmade images of traditional animation with the highly flexible and mobile images generated by computer. -- The New York Times Book Review, Martha Bayles
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810943697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810943698
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The model for a "Making of ..." book must be "Toy Story" by John Lassetter & Steve Daly. It had artwork and designs from preliminary sketches through to realized shots, coupled with stories, techniques and anecdotes about the entire production start to finish.
Prince of Egypt comes close on the artwork front, but tends toward showing the final shots and some minor development work. The text is more concerned with captions for the pictures, with a section at the end of the book for some technique overviews and personal interviews.
Having said all this, for anyone (and I mean anyone!) who even remotely appreciates the artwork that animation is capable of rendering then this book is a must. The design of Prince of Egypt is the star of this book and to some degree the film too.
If you are looking for an indepth story of the films' production you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a record of the amazing work that is displayed on the theatre screen, then you can't go wrong with this title.
I recommend it as one of most visually stunning books around.
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Usually, I am a bit weary of animated films that come to the big screen, but the graceful and original animation caught my eye from Dreamworks' first animated feature.

With voice talents including Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer, Danny Glover, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Sandra Bullock, & several others, it's easy to see why this film has attracted many audiences. Though I'm not usually a fan of biblical stories, Dreamworks created it in a way that was relatable to everyone. Still, they could have gone with fewer songs...

This book is one of the greatest buys I've ever made. With the exception of The Lion King, the brilliant animation is captured throughout the book with great storyboards, conceptual art, and vast background paintings that are truly a treat to marvel at.

This is one of the rare books that I am genuinely proud to include in my library. Even if you're not a fan of the movie, this book contains great pieces of inspirational works that will make you wish you were an animator.
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Really nice book about how they put the movie together! One of the best books of the art of ...... out there!
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Whether you are an artist or a appreciator of great art this is a must have book! Beautiful illustrations and concepts from and for the movie. It is a delight to turn each page. A masterpiece!
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By A Customer on December 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book has some great images from the Prince of Egypt including stills from the movie, production work, and pre-production work. Unfortunately there's not a lot of text in the book; it's mostly just images with small blurbs in the corner of each page expaning on the image. In fact the book could be classified almost as a picture book, and less as a documentary on the production of the movie. There are a few pages at the end devoted to interviews with the animators and the rest of the production staff which are very interesting, unfortunately it isn't very long or thorough. I would have liked to hear more about the actual techniques used by the animators, layout, etc. Also, even though the images in the book are quite beautiful, I wish there was more thumbails from the animators, and more rough animation. Almost all of the animation drawings were cleaned up, which I find far less interesting than seeing the animators original lines.
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Anyone interested in animation should buy this book without hesitation (and see the movie). A must have book.
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By A Customer on October 9, 1999
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The Prince of Egypt is the first animated film in history to SUCCESSFULLY integrate both traditional cell animation and computer generated images. A breathtaking film, with a scope rarely seen in films today, much less ANIMATED films. The Dreamworks team is a formidible new force in animation - they treat animation as an art form and as a storytelling medium. Not as a summer PRODUCT, like the Disney team. Disney could only hope to produce something this good.
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By OLISA on March 15, 2014
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An ok book; the movie is great but hte book doesn't really stad the comparisaon with the Disney animation art books. This maybe because it was the first book done by DreamWorks animation with ah inexperienced publisher. Gives some good insight but not great fun to read. Missing great picturesque scenes.
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