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Product Details

  • Series: Art of...
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Mti edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452117160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452117164
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"That The Art of Frozen is a visual treat goes without saying. There is the splendid art: the original sketches, concept paintings, storyboards, backgrounds, maquettes, and finished art; each piece identified to its artist. There are the photographs of mid-19th century Norwegian architecture and costumes used for art reference. There are the informative comments by the production staff. But more than most art-of books, The Art of Frozen describes the thinking that has made Frozen almost imperceptibly different from all of the other modern animated features.
The Art of . movie books are usually for those who have seen the movie. The Art of Frozen is so insightful as to what makes a good animated theatrical feature that even if you have not seen should really study this book. Don't just read it; study it!"
-Animation World Network

About the Author

Charles Solomon is an animation historian and the author of several books, including The Art of Toy Story 3, Enchanted Drawings, and The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation.

John Lasseter is Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Officer at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Chris Buck directed the 2007 Oscar-nominated Surf's Up. His animation credits also include The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, and Pocahontas. He is one of the directors of Frozen.

Jennifer Lee joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios as a screenwriter in the Spring of 2011, and was a writer on Wreck-It Ralph. She is one of the directors of Frozen.

Customer Reviews

Best book ever for Frozen fans and art lovers!
K. Keen
Not only is this book filled with beautiful art, but it also has lots of great information about the development of the characters, the story, and the design.
Recommended for any art lover of animated films.
Dan M

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157 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:42 Mins
Disney's Frozen is quite a visual contrast from the previous warm and lively Tangled.

First thing you should know is there are spoilers in the book. They appear in the form of storyboards as well as concept art for the finale sequence. So if you intend to watch the film, I suggest you read the book after the film.

This is a nice artbook. 160 pages. Hardcover. The concept art consist of storyboards, character designs, environment designs, props and motifs. There are also wonderful photos from the research road trip in Norway.

The environment paintings are wonderful, especially those by production designer David Womersley, Jim Finn, Lisa Keane and James Finch. Some are really scenic, such as the setting of a castle by the lake in the valley, or the aurora beyond the mountains. The designs for the town houses are also beautiful, actually quite close to the research photos which are great to begin with.

Character designs are for the main ones, Anna and Elsa, of course, and also Kristoff the ice harvester, Olaf the snowman, Hans and other miscellaneous characters. They look good, very Disney-like as compared to Pixar. They look like they can be from the same universe as Tangled. Anna and Elsa kind of look like Rapunzel from Tangled except for the very different costumes and hairstyle.

There are more than 10 pages devoted to storyboards. While good, personally I would have prefer more character and environment art.

The commentary is an enjoyable read that focuses on the story and storytelling. It really gives insight into the characters and film design, on how and why they are designed the way they are, and how they have changed from the story pitching stage to the final CG production.

It's a cool artbook worth checking out for fans of the movie.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Michele Moline on January 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So, it kind of pains me to not give this 4 or 5 stars since I adore Frozen. But I really just couldn't go higher than 3.

Alright, so, this isn't going to be a review based on the movie (which was excellent, but I'm sure if you're looking at this book, you're a fan of the film).
This book is more about the environment, backdrops, and color choices as well as commentary from the people who worked on the movie. So if you're really interest in learning about the inspirations behind the film and learning about the castles, interiors of buildings, and Elsa's ice castle, this is a perfect book.

However, I was on the other end of the spectrum. I got this book because I wanted to learn more about the character designs and see concept art for costuming and characters. I also wanted to see pictures of the finished models. Overall....I really was just hoping for more pages on the characters and costume breakdowns. Unfortunately, there's more concept art of characters floating around on the internet than there actually are in the book. For instance, the pencil drawings of Elsa's different expressions. I was greatly disappointed there were only 2 of those drawings in this book. And there wasn't a costume breakdown on Elsa'a ice dress. And there was only a single picture of her coronation gown, which was really sad as I would have liked to see a breakdown of it.

So if you're hoping this book is heavy on character art, it's not. You're a bit better off just pulling images from google.

Okay, despite all that...the concepts behind the environments and buildings are amazing. I really enjoyed looking over the interior designs and hearing about the color choices and being able to see all the little details.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Marine9554 on December 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As someone who loves "the art of" books, this one is no exception. I absolutely loved the movie but also the art style. The animation gets better year after year and its really cool to see how it came to be. This book shows concept art, has notes from the directors and animators on why they made certain choices, and essentially all the drawing and sketches that made the movie what it is today. Like I said, I have many other "the art of" books, and I am very pleased to add this one to my collection.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By mela gonzales on December 10, 2013
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First off, this book is 160 pgs. I sat it side by side with the Tangled art book and this book is a lot thinner, despite having about the same amount of pages.

The concept art for each character is very...minimum. they have 1-2 pages each which is not a lot in my opinion and I would have liked more. Even Elsa barely got 2 pages. There's a lot of concept for the buildings, patterns and scenery which is very nice as that is why I got the book in the first place.

Overall, its quite a nice book, but I feel like it could have been better?
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Format: Hardcover
“The Art of Frozen” by Charles Solomon is a behind-the-scenes book about the making the “Frozen” movie, a new animated adventure from Disney studios.

Main movie characters are girl named Anna, rough mountain man named Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven. Three of them will embark on an epic journey finding Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the Arendelle kingdom in everlasting winter.
On their journey, our three heroes will experience lot of exciting adventures, meet unusual creatures and characters, while doing everything in their power in order to save their beloved kingdom…

The movie together with recently released book is made in the classic Disney style although being a complete contrast to previous popular Disney animated movie “Tangled” in terms of its setting and theme.

This edition will certainly have appeal to movie fans though reader should be advised to read it after seeing the movie due to several spoilers that can be inside found, including the one about the way movie ends.

The artbook comes in nicely designed hardcover, consisting of 170 pages full of designs, storyboards and character studies.
Also besides including many pictures from movie, book is additionally nicely illustrated with photos made in Norway while the movie research was in progress.

“The Art of Frozen” manages to give a great insight into the designing phase of movie production, among others providing many interesting information about characters creation, why things were done in one way and not the other, and how the storyboards were transformed to final computer graphics movie version.

Overall, this behind-the-scenes artbook will be welcomed by "Frozen" fans that can be recommended due to wealth of information that can be found about their favorite movie inside, wrapped up in a classic Disney’s beautifully designed edition.
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