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The Art of Ratatouille Hardcover – May 17, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811858340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811858342
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Paik has been working on Ratatouille in the development department at Pixar since 2000. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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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Customer Reviews

The art book exceeded his expectations!!!
Cora Figueiredo
The array of sketches, concept paintings, reference art and character studies is wonderful.
Stephen Rustad
If you are a fan of Pixar animation like I am, you will love this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 9, 2007
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This is my fifth artbook from Pixar.

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.)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Leon Gonzalez on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
First of all, if you are not interested in limited prints, do not spend your money in this edition. Just buy the book separately, which is exactly the same one that the simple edition almost ten times cheaper. You have to know you are going to pay for the limited autographed prints included in this Limited Edition. However, if you are crazy about this kind of things; you are a collector or an animation fan, do not hesitate: this is your edition! The book is inside a dark grey box and over it, there is another tray with a hand-written letter by the director, Brad Bird and the limited prints. They are really amazing due to the quality of the prints: strong colors, beautiful surface paper and moreover, they are signed by their authors! I would like to see in a close future Disney and Pixar book editions like this one to get them all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By klo_dude on December 11, 2009
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Ratatouille is an amazing movie. Even after watching Wall-E and UP! I can still say that this is their best movie yet. Delightful and brilliant in every level, so I was really excited to buy the artbook of the movie. So is it as good?? In that matter, I have to agree with anoter reviewer here, that stated that in comparison with the film, the book is indeed lacking the same quality.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Geluk on August 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pixar Animation Studios are recognized the world over as leaders in the field of CG animated movies. The road from idea to movie release is a long one and before sets are modeled and textured and characters are modeled, rigged and animated, the concept work is done. This concept work is not seen in the final movie release but it is the guide for the look of the entire film. Design, color and lighting are all fleshed out in the concert art. "The Art of Ratatouille" showcases some spectacularly beautiful drawings, paintings and sculptures. It is interesting to see which concepts developed into the final movie and which fell by the wayside. And, or course, the art can also be appreciated simply for what it is. A stunningly, beautiful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cbirke20 on March 3, 2008
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Even if you didn't like Ratatouille (I don't see why) you can appreciate this book. It is filled with amazing artwork for the film; storyboard, concept sketches, background paintings, color keys, and my favorite concept maquettes/sculptures of the characters. The character sculptures by Greg Dykstra really blew me away. Amazing stuff! Worth the price of the book alone! If you are an artist, animator you can't go wrong with purchasing this book. Artwork is beautiful if not short of brilliant. Some amazing talent at Pixar, who made an amazing film (and still going strong). Very inspiring book!! Not only has the artwork but talks about how Ratatouille came to be.
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