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The Art of The Princess and the Frog
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon December 8, 2009
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Looking through the art in this book, one would not have guessed that Disney actually decided to phase out traditional animation in 2004. The Princess and the Frog essentially marks a comeback, a representation of what Disney used to be. That's good news for all fans of traditional animation.

The Art of The Princess and the Frog is filled character designs, background art and storyboards. The art is unmistakeably Disney-style -- the caricature style of characters, stylized set designs and lush colours. The story is set in New Orleans and there are plenty of background paintings in different moods. The characters are lively and backgrounds beautiful.

The team of contributing artists is impressive. There are new artists as well as familiar names. It's impossible to name all but those whose name keep appearing are Rik Maki, Armand Baltazar, Bill Schwab, James Aaron Finch (production designer), Ian Gooding (art director), Sue Nichols, Mark Henn, Chris Appelhans, Kevin Gollaher and many more.

The artists and staff contribute numerous interesting quotes. They talk about the creative process, characters, the set and a bit on the story. There are stuff like what they did or where they went for research, inspiration and influence from older classic animated films. All interesting and insightful to read.

This book a refreshing and welcome look back at traditional art, after being exposed to so much digital animation. Old school still has its distinct charm.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2011
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I borught this book for my boyfriend for christmas because he adores anything Disney. (who doesnt lol) Its a wonderful book, Good price and its vivid colors make it really fun to read. its a nice big book that will definitly keep you buys for hours. For those of you who like to collect stuff like this its a great buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
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It is a hell of a book, :) it really inspires me and it help me a lot to improve my work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2011
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I won't repeat the positive things that other people have mentioned, and only add that I particularly enjoyed the storyboards, color scripts, and color keys. There are definitely other Art of titles that I enjoy more, but if you are a collector of the Art of books then there is no question that you should pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2013
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The artists really outdid themselves in this book. The level of detail is incredible. I use it for a reference for creating my own Louisiana scenes. Very happy with this purchase.
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on December 28, 2014
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This book is full of mostly development and some concept art but unfortunately it didn't have a lot of written material. It does give the gist of how the art was created but as another reviewer said, most of the written material are quotes from the production members, stating how great it is to work on a Disney movie. Also none of the pictures had captions, only the artist and the medium used. One example that combines both my complaints is the ink sketch of Nottoway Plantation, the presumed influence of the La Bouff estate, although there is no writing to confirm this or explain its influence. I assume this information was omitted because actual making of videos on DVDs had become more prominent and I also have a feeling they wanted to avoid acknowledging the messy production process to the public. None of the issues involving making a movie with a black lead where discussed. I will say though that this book had more art than a lot of the 90's art books and very nice book design (fleur de lis borders, etc). If there has been more write up this book would have easily been a 5. Hopefully a second edition will be issued someday.
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While the book makes no mention of Tiana when she was "Maddie" (something I was expecting to see) I wasn't disappointed at all! The various designs and concepts, the samples of story boards, even seeing how they used both traditional and digital mediums to bring this story to life. My favorite part is seeing all the back ground art and the use of color and lighting in them. I'd also suggest that those who thought this movie was complete a bust to take at this book and see all the T.L.C. that went into, if not the whole film, at the very least the animation and artwork!
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on July 22, 2010
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The princess and the frog is one of my favorite movies and considering that I want to be a movie director I got this book. This is my 3rd "art of" book that I have and while it has wonderful pictures in it, it mostly talked about New Orleans. Which is not a bad thing because I learned a lot about it but the real reason I got this book was so I could see how the movie was made. It only has a couple pages on how the movie was made but not a lot. But all in all a amazing book that I would suggest to anyone.
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on September 28, 2010
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This book is very inspiring for me like a character designer.
Great drawings and concept arts. Specially the character design
developments.

I love it
hugs, from Laqua (Brazil)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2010
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I'm from Spain, totally obsessed with animation and, of course, with Disney. Their last work of art was just so good I had to order this book when I knew of its existence, since it is awfully difficult to find it in my country. It was what I expected it to be. I truly recommend this book to the real fans of the movie. Better than any form of merchandise, it reflects perfectly the spirit of the film in every way and it will be the best purchase to make if you want something to match the DVD in your shelf. I believe that even if you weren't very impressed with the movie, the book will amaze you. It is full of imagination, colour and a "gumbo" of ideas you will sure enjoy. While I wasn't very satisfied with the "text" part, it was fun to read anyway and I'm glad I have it now with me. It's a beautiful golden book to admire.
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