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The Art of The Lion King Hardcover – June 2, 1994

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From Library Journal

Disney aims for a smash hit this summer with The Lion King , the first original animated screenplay it has ever produced. This book incorporates the film's artwork and screenplay, plus a foreword by James Earl Jones (who plays the Lion King's father) and an afterword discussing the African themes and landscape that inspired the art.
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From Booklist

The resurgence in Disney animation in recent years has been accompanied by a concurrent rise in Disney merchandise, the latest example of which is this tie-in to the studio's new cartoon epic, The Lion King. The handsome coffee-table book follows the movie's story of the lion cub Simba's journey to assume the mantle of kingship by means of hundreds of beautifully reproduced production stills, sketches, animation drawings, and background paintings depicting the appealing characters and African settings. The last quarter of the volume is devoted to an afterword offering a behind-the-scenes, step-by-step account of the project from conception to screen. The studio-sanctioned text glosses over such unpleasantries as the removal of the film's original director, who had envisioned a less traditional, more Afrocentric saga. In any event, it's the bountiful gallery of artwork that's the real selling point of the book. Early in its release as of this writing, The Lion King seems to be on its way to becoming Disney's biggest-grossing release ever, so there's bound to be an eager audience for this lavish tome. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (June 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786860286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786860289
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1 x 13.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Finch was born in Guernsey in the British Channel Islands, and now lives in Los Angeles. He is an artist and a photographer who has had one person shows in New York and California, and he is the author of almost thirty non-fiction books including the best sellers Rainbow: the Stormy Life of Judy Garland, The Art of Walt Disney, Jim Henson: the Works, and Norman Rockwell's America. Recently he has embarked on a series of noir-inflected mystery novels set in New York in the late 1960s and featuring the private investigator Alex Novalis. The first of these, Good Girl, Bad Girl, is to be published by Thomas & Mercer in 2013. These books draw on his own experiences in the New York art world at a time when today's SoHo was an urban wilderness with rats frolicking in the gutters and artists eking out a living in barren loft spaces. He is married to Linda Rosenkrantz, an author and a co-founder of the website Nameberry.

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The Lion King was the first movie I watched in the cinema. Although I can't remember anything about the movie today, I do remember that I liked it very much. I was 13 back then.

The Art of the Lion King is an oversized art book containing concept art, colour pencil storyboards and film stills. Some of the film stills when blown up over two pages still look fabulous. The concept art is amazing, specifically the stylized character designs and some of the background paintings.

The art is arranged according to story acts, and there are a lot of storyboards. Unfortunately, the accompanying text are only the plot lines.

Right at the end is the afterword, which is actually the production process of the movie. Here are stories on how Lion King was scripted, research done (including a trip to East Africa), things happening behind the scenes like the duties of the cleanup artists, using CAPS (computer software) to animate the film, creating special effects like rain or fire and other special effects.

It's a nice companion to the movie.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Apart from the fact that my copy was close to pocket size, i thought that this book was fantastic. Not only does it come filled with amazing concepts, it also is accompanied with the Lion King Storyline. As an illustrator and student animator, it is a wonderful addition to my resources. The sketches through to the complete full colour images are for any Lion King fan, artists or just someone wanting a beautiful coffee table book. If your from overseas like myself and cannot get these kind of books in Australia, i reccommend Amazon and their associate stores. Buy this, its great.
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I tend to do things without paying as much attention as I should, like buying this book without researching it's details.

I bought the book because my 5 year old daugher loves to draw, and because she's nuts over the Lion King at the moment. I figured it would be great for her to see not just finished work (like what winds up on television) but to also see sketches, concept drawing and paintings, and the like.

So I bought it. When I received it and saw it's pocket size I was so happy! It's absolutely the perfect size for a little kiddo like her, but the content is professional, serious and mature as I had expected. It's hard cover, totally full of pictures, and has glossy pages printed on high-quality paper. Some folks might have been put off by the size but for my purposes it was more than perfect!

We have great fun looking through it together and looking at all the different styles of artwork. If you or your kid likes to draw or paint, and likes this movie, You'll really be sorry if you don't buy a copy. No I don't work for Disney or Amazon. I just like to encourage and support my childs love for art any chance I get, and boy was this a great addition to her library.
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By A Customer on January 5, 1996
Format: Hardcover
The movie The Lion King was inspired not only by writers,
composers, and Disney CEO's. The art behind the movie made
the movie. The animators get their turn in this release.
The book comes on very thick paper, and is reasonably priced
at $50.00. On amazon.com, however, it is priced for the even
more reasonable price of $45.00. This book is a must-have
for any Disney collector. It is a rather large book having
about a foot and a half by foot and three quarter dimensions.
It is a great gift, and will last for a long time.

Also included are the out "takes", or things not put in the
movie itself. This is a great buy, and is sure to appreciate
in value.

-Jarrod Henry.
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This book is one of the most exquisite things to come out of The Lion King. The graphics are beautiful. Most of the pictures are ones that are used for the storyboard and layout scenes. I reccommend it to anyone who loves The Lion King, or just Disney in general. Order with confidence - the book is worth much more than its price tag. It is also much more convient than the larger, more expensive version which I believe is no longer being produced.
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When originally placing this order I didn't see it listed as a miniature series, so when the tiny art book came to my door I was greatly disappointed, but it was on me. It's an ok book, but not nearly as good as I'd hoped for as reference like I wanted it for.
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This book has great pictures, lovely art and well put together. However, I was disappointed it is so small. I would have like this book to be normal size since it would make the art inside much better
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All of the previous reviews seem to be talking about the wrong book. This item is the Sotheby's Auction catalog, not "The Art of The Lion King" by Christopher Finch. There are no production drawings in this paperback catalog. It is a wonderful auction catalog if you want to see cels, their matching backgrounds and the maquettes from the movie. All of the images are full color and span the entire movie. The images are not enormous, but they aren't tiny either. The book lists the auction prices of the artwork back in 1995. These aren't just movie stills they are photos of the cels and backgrounds. I bought the original catalog from Sotheby's for $15 in 1995. Disney sold cel art at Sotheby's from "Beauty and the Beast" up through "Tarzan", but they were not production cels, they were only painted for the auction and matched with production backgrounds (Disney was inking & painting in the computer by then). The information in the book is strictly about the auction and you won't get production drawings or how the movie was made. As an animator, I found it to be a wonderful reference book. You get to see what the entire uncropped panning backgrounds looked like. This is not the hardcover coffee table book that all the other reviewers are talking about. It's an excellent book, but people need to make sure they're reviewing the correct item.
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