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"...a wonderful look inside of how a stop-motion animated film is produced."

"an intriguing book... that reveals that, in that movie, art is not only in the medium, but also in the process. "
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"The book is a must-have for any fan of the film, artist, or art lover who'll find the array of talent inspiring. Chronicle Books does an amazing job jamming so much into 160 pages, with many pages containing full-bleed color photos and artwork. " - Christian Science Monitor

"Of all the animated 'Art Of' books on the list this year, Paranorman's stands the biggest chance of being the most interesting if only because of the incredibly extravagant hands-on animation process the folks at Laika went through to bring Norman and his world to life. "
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"As far as CG has come, it still lacks the subtle charms and realistic touch that can be found in traditional stopmotion animation. The methods have been refined greatly over the last few years, as is readily evident when you explore The Art And Making Of Paranorman about the latest effort from the same studio that produced Coraline. This the usual wonderful Chronicle Art Of book, packed with photos and conceptual artwork."

About the Author

Jed Alger grew up in New England, in a town not unlike the one in ParaNorman, minus the zombies. Now he lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Travis Knight is LAIKA's President and CEO as well as lead animator on LAIKA's first feature, Coraline, and producer and lead animator on ParaNorman.

Chris Butler was head of story on LAIKA's Coraline and is the writer and director of ParaNorman.

Sam Fell is the director of ParaNorman. Before joining LAIKA, he wrote and directed Dreamwork's Flushed Away and was the director of Universal's The Tale of Despereaux.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (July 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452110921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452110929
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By en_b on August 6, 2012
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This book snuck up on me and instantly was a huge surprise. Hold on, no surprise. Ive heard some amazing reports from friends at Laika and have followed the company for a longtime, so it's no surprise that this is a fantastic-ly creative place. I guess the pleasant surprise is found with-in the book, which has this really nice, compelling "Craftsmanship" angle twisted into it- along with the typical character designs and background art you find in "Art of" books.
There's something particularly special about a picture of someone building a set, animating a stop motion puppet, or fabricating props that isnt found in a picture of an animator animating on a computer, or an animation wheel, or a layout, color or concept artist drawing or painting, no matter how impressive the piece of art is. The cool thing about this art and making of book is how awesome the making aspect of it is; People building cars, climbing into sets, people sewing costumes, or making wigs! Sucha great documenting of many extremely specialized and rare jobs all coming together to make something.
Super inspiring to see!
Great job you guys!
As with quite a few art books this one is on nice glossy paper which is terrible to try and reproduce, but you can find a handful of my favorite pictures, as well as reviews and pictures from similar books on my art blog;
A really great book for someone who loves animation art and an even better one for someone who is fascinated with fine Craftsmanship.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sphinxie on August 29, 2012
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To give you some idea how amazing this art book is, I had to write a review to do it!

If you're into the "art of" books, this is a definite purchase. Not only does it have exceptional pictures of storyboards, movie shots and sketches, it also goes into detail of all the creators who helped in making this movie from the CEO to the hair stylist. You can tell that there is a lot of passion and admiration into creating this artistic piece.

It doesn't go into the specifics of the characters but rather the creation of the movie as a whole. I kinda wish there was a bit on Aggie but other than that, a flawless book. Also, the publisher is Chronicle books and they also do all the recent Disney "art of" books, like Bolt, Tangled and Brave, so if you like those, you'll definitely be into this.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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I don't get a lot of paper books anymore - I have mostly gone digital for the environment's sake as well as my space-saving sake. But this is one you don't want to get in Kindle format. I got my copy for Christmas, so a big "thank you" to my gift-giver for that!

The Art and Making of ParaNorman is a work of art itself, with each page having a beautiful artistic background which you will lose with current Kindle formatting, even with your pretty Fires.

I've been a fan of stop-motion since Clash of the Titans, Rudolph, etc. It is such a fascinatingly intricate art, and I really admire all the work that goes into the creation of these films. I have been a big fan of Laika since Coraline. If you are into stop motion, or just ParaNorman, you will probably really enjoy this book. It really keeps up with the promise of being an "Art and Making of" book because there are tons of colorful photos of concept art, puppets, the movie, etc., but there are also lots of snippets of text which reveal the creation process behind ParaNorman, and Laika in general. Though they surely could have made a volume 25x the size of this one in order to encompass half of the creation process involved in this film, what you get is pretty meaty for an art book.

I added a few pictures, not really to show detail, but to show a rough estimation of art to written content. You will get a lot of both in this great book! Also, you can note the nice formatting in the paper version vs. the Kindle, which at time of writing is the only view offered in the "Look Inside!" feature. Hope this helps! :D
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Generic Consumer on August 18, 2012
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If you have an interest in drawing, animation, or creative process in general, this is a great book to get. I love all the detailed pictures from character design, wardrobe, model building and work rooms. Can't wait to see the movie!
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By Scarlett on April 18, 2014
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Being a big fan of ParaNorman to start with, I never thought it would get an art book, but here we are, and damn, it's amazing.

The concept and production photos are of very high quality and a joy to look at, as to be expected. They're detailed and flow along with the sections. Them alone could probably make a decent artbook.

But the real joy of the book in my opinion is reading about the production itself, 'making' being on the cover and everything. All of the sections are broken into parts of production. I read it all in one go. The writing is simple yet engrossing and the LAIKA members have very fun and charismatic input throughout, sometimes heartfelt and personal. I was fairly emotionally invested in it by the end, even with it being an artbook, a type of non-fiction you normally would not expect to. Every department gets their fair share of recognition. It exceeded my expectations

The book itself is the normal coffee table size and the quality of the pages are thick and high quality.

tl;dr: fantastic
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