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Tarzan Chronicles (Welcome Book) Hardcover – June 30, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Welcome Book
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (June 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786864036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786864034
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 10.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For its latest animated feature, instead of adapting a fairy tale, legend, or myth, Disney has chosen the relatively modern story of Tarzan. As it did with the heroes of its other recent movies, the studio focuses on the alienation of adolescence in its Tarzan, who no longer belongs with the apes who raised him but doesn't fit in with the humans who invade his jungle home. The book tie-in to the movie recounts how the filmmakers faced the challenge of developing a new version of the character strong enough to overcome the vivid adult image of Tarzan made pervasive by Johnny Weissmuller and his live-action-movie successors. Besides hundreds of color and black-and-white illustrations, from early conceptual drawings through production stills, the volume features excerpts from diaries kept by the movie's creators, including sketches from a safari the animators went on to research the film's African setting. This handsome coffee-table book should join its fellow Disney tie-ins (e.g., The Art of Mulan ) on library shelves. Gordon Flagg

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I must admit I am a collector of animation art books and Hyperion does some of the best.
Gabby
The book is filled with characters sketches, background art, interesting making of notes, storyboards, great art by John Watkis, and the amazing Glen Keane.
littleraggy
I don't know if I'll ever get over this movie - especially if I keep running across books like this one.
Waitsel Smith

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DARYL HOLT on June 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am a student of animation and have enjoyed the art form for a long time. This has led me to collect just about every "Art of" animation book ever published (much to my wife's dismay), but this one is clearly one of the best.
First of all, the visuals are fantastic (as they should be for this type of book). Glen Keane is a master, and any insight into his conceptual art and rough sketches are a real treat! However there is so much more than I have seen jammed into one of these books in quite some time. Sure, other books have storyboards, character development drawings, conceptual art, model sheets, backgrounds, production art, etc., but the quality and quantity of the art in this book is top-notch.
Second, Howard Green does a nice job with the textual additions too. The inclusion of diary / journal entries written during the film's production was also a masterful touch, and really added to the overall "behind the scenes" feeling of the book.
Finally, the production quality of the book itself is impressive. The organization is clean (considering the amount of content involved), the two-page spreads and fold-outs are very nice, and the little things (such as the paper choice for each section introduction) provide an added touch. A fine addition to anyone's library.
Certainly, if you like the movie (or any animated feature), you will cherish this book. I highly recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Rarely does an "Art of" book capture the true essence of every aspect of an animated film. In this case, Howard Green guides us through the very thought processes of the animators so that we can not only observe the progression of the animation drawings, but we can also feel the development of the characters themselves. What many people don't fully understand is how the animators truley capture the character of the voice talent into the animated drawings. It is Disney's ability to capture these characters that has set Disney animated films apart from the competition for decades and which has created so many timeless classics. The Tarzan Chronicles is one of the first books to ever truly capture this process. It is a joy to follow along. In addition to the value of the content, this is one of the most beautifully crafted animation books ever created. It is sure to entertain and educate anyone who picks it up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It's an o.k. book, but I would have preferred to see more info. with the animators. A book like "Aladdin: The making of an animated film" has two to three times as much info. on the animators and their approach than this book has and this book is twice as long. To my knowledge, there wasn't even a mention that the character design of Jane was based on the "Gibson girl". This is just an example of the lack of exposure given to the actual artistic work done. This book mostly chronicles the tumultuous story process that it took to create this movie. It goes into far too much detail about this. Also spends too much time discussing Phil Collins, the voice actors, and the research in Africa. I wanted to hear a lot more from Glen Keane, Ken Duncan and the rest of the animators.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a 3D Animator... And I've read alot of books. But... This book keeps the visual candy unlimited! The reference in this book is excellent. It takes the reader through the beginning to the end of how Disney Brought Tarzan to life as described in the original book by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The screenshots, sketches, paintings, backgrounds, storyboards... are about as good as they get in this book. A definate must have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I went completely ape over the "Tarzan Chronicals" by Howard Green. The text intermixed with the pictures extremely well. The book and the CD are a good substitute for the movie. In checking to see what else Green has written, I found he will have another book due in July. I can't give it 5 stars, but if you want to know how many stars I can give it, look up in the sky at night.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This was my first purchase from Amazon and I think it's a very good accompaniment to the movie. Alright, it still has tendencies like all the Disney Art books of reading like a big press release, which is kind of insulting to those of us who are serious animation connoisseurs. Even the 'diary extracts' of Keane, Lima and Collins seem kind of fake. Like others, I would have liked to have seen less talk about the music and more about the art. But the sheer abundance of production art and sketches are well worth getting it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Bares Dominguez on May 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the very best books I have seen, and one of those that I am proud to own, a incredible reference, an indepth study of animation and concepts, taking you thru the complete pipeline of one of the best Disney animation movies. I really enjoy the way everything is done, the layout, the pictures, and the pre-production art, which is really inspiring. If you are an artist, this is a must buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Waitsel Smith on September 20, 2005
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I don't know if I'll ever get over this movie - especially if I keep running across books like this one. It is nicely designed, intelligently organized, and chock-full of pre-production art, journal entries, productions stills, photographs and stories of how the film came to be. If you think the movie is incredible, wait until you learn all the behind the scenes stuff. This book chronicles that odyssey in wonderful detail.

Did you know the Tarzan character was animated in Paris, while the rest of the film was being animated in Burbank, California? Supervising animator Glen Keane (arguably the top animator in the field) was living in Paris with his family when directors Kevin Lima and Chris Buck approached him with the offer to supervise the animation of the adult version of Tarzan. One of his stipulations for coming on board was that he be able to stay in Paris and work with the Disney Animation Studio there. Meanwhile, back in Burbank, an entirely different team of animators was working on the rest of the film. The two studios used a computer system called "Scene Machine" to correspond with each other and coordinate characters in the same scene over the 6,000-mile distance.

Keane's journal, sketches, thoughts, stories and photos offer amazing insight into his real-life adventure animating Tarzan. Here's just a taste, from one of his journal entries: "Worked on `Strangers Like Me' sequence. The process is never easy - particularly for this song - at first the route was to teach Tarzan to speak - but it has evolved into Tarzan's quest for knowledge. I went on my own quest - reading books on Einstein's Theory of Relativity - and books explaining physics and great scientific discoveries as in astronomy.
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