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The Art of Ratatouille Hardcover – May 17, 2007
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About the Author
John Lasseter is the chief creative officer at Pixar, and the director of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Cars.
Brad Bird is the director of Ratatouille and The Incredibles.
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In typical Pixar artbook fashion, the pages are filled with concept drawings, visualizations and the thought process that went behind the production of Ratatouille. Through these pages, you'll come to a realization that their success is no fluke.
The creators travelled to France to research on the restaurants, food and the people. The effort and level of detail they put into the research can be clearly seen from the artwork from the book. The concept art and renders of the food in 3D made me imagine how they will taste if they were actually real.
You'll be able to see a lot of character designs for the humans as well as the rats. Sculpted models are also provided in photos. The storyboards, as you'll see plenty, are followed strictly in the movie. The compositions and lighting are the art form itself.
This book is filled with life and food, just like the movie. It makes for a perfect coffee table book.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Overall, the book is divided in three aspects of the creation of the film: environments, character development and story. So, the very first "but" of the book is its length. Covering roughly 160 pages in which we are presented with the evolution of design and style of the film, albeit superficially. The images, sketches and paintings are integrated with small commentaries of the animators and the director Brad Bird. Those aren't really informative or insightful, but are interesting additions to the art. Another issue is that the book isn't well balanced in the content: for example, a lot of pages are dedicated to the development of Emille, Remis brother, while other much more interesting characters (like the brilliant "villain" of the film Anton Ego) are presented in a couple of pages. Finally, something that I really didn't like (and it seems this is a problem with most of Pixar artbooks) is that most of what you can called "art" in the book are mainly sketches and digital paintings. Some are great and others are so-so at best. Worse is the fact that all of this space could have been filled with comparisons of the art vs the finish scenes in the film. Some of those in the final movie look certainly beatiful and look like art in its own right.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
AMAZING ART!!! Especially some of the drop-dead gorgeous lighting and color concepts by master artist Dominique Louis!!Published 1 month ago by Horia
I bought this book for my storyboard artist-aspiring brother. I loved looking through it as much as he did! It's a great book! Well worth the $30!Published 6 months ago by Julia
I've wanted this book for a long time. Reallyy nice. Ratatouille is sure one of my fav Disney's movie. The art is amazing! Worth every penny.Published 13 months ago by isabel hamdan
GREAT product, as described. FAST shipping, very satisfied. A +++Published 16 months ago by Stivens