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The Art and Making of ParaNorman
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2012
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; en-b.blogspot.com
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
on August 29, 2012
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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on February 12, 2015
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
on August 18, 2012
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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on April 18, 2014
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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on December 20, 2014
Content-wise; It's a really great book, awesome artwork and very interesting articles written inside. I love animated movies and learning and seeing the whole behind the scene process and concept art.
I love the book's content, however the book itself was a bit damaged. But that's to be expected since it's a used copy. There's only one page in the entire book (it's one of the very last pages) that is severely damaged, it's very bent and folded in multiple ways.
The dust cover has a few niches here and there, and there are some light scratches on it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2015
So interesting! But the poor girl is not here. Where is her story?
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on February 27, 2014
The amount of talent, attention to detail, imagination and sleepless nights that went into Paranorman is simply amazing. This book provides ample insight into the story boarding, pre-production and mind-numbing craftsmanship that went into the film. Full of beautiful images it's nonetheless a bit of a cautionary tale for anyone who wants to go into stop-motion animation. If you do, be prepared to give up any thought of a social life.
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on February 22, 2013
I received The Art of ParaNorman yesterday in the mail and I couldn't be more happy! It has become a wonderful part of my art of cinema collection. This movie is so unique compared to other stop-motion animations and the book truly showcases this. It's full of colorful concept renders, character designs, comments from the director and animators, models, and step by step process in how they achieved the movie. Highly recommended!
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on November 6, 2014
Surely one of my best Artbook, not that much character design unfortunately but environments design are such treat, lot of breakdown on how they create the puppets, just love this book.
The book arrived sealed so it was in impeccable condition, i hope that Amazon could seal every of their artbook many arrived in my hands with scratches on the cover which is really annoying...anyway a no-brainer buy...
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