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The Art of Rise of the Guardians (The Art of Dreamworks) Hardcover – October 22, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: The Art of Dreamworks
  • Hardcover: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; The Art of Dreamworks edition (October 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608871088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608871087
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ramin Zahed is the editor in chief of Animation Magazine. A journalist who has covered the film and television industries for over twenty years, his writing has appeared in Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, and Movieline. He lives in Los Angeles.

Alec Baldwin is a veteran actor with over forty film credits who stars in the award-winning television show 30 Rock. He lives in New York City.

A true luminary and creative spirit, William Joyce has put his personal stamp on children’s media in every direction. He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

Customer Reviews

I read from front to back this one.
Richard D. Eldridge
If you love beautiful art and designs, get this book!
K. Kaminski
Such a lovely art book, definitely worth buying.
Helen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:09 Mins
When I first saw the cover, I found it puzzling that an animated movie artbook would have a cover with this much white space. Covers for such books are usually filled with strong colours.

Featured in this 156-page hardcover are gorgeous concept art for the DreamWorks animated film. Rise of the Guardians is based on the children book series The Guardians of Childhood, written by William Joyce, who's also the film's executive producer.

Just printed behind the covers are huge detailed 3D portraits of the six main characters. They are North, Bunny, Tooth, Sandy, Jack Frost and Pitch. The art revolve around them.

Animated films with mythical characters are pretty common but it's always fun to see different interpretation. The character designs are wonderful. All the six are given a slight twist. North, aka Santa Claus, wields two swords and looks more like a warrior. And Bunny looks quite cool with the serious demeanor. My favourites are probably the designs for Sandy and Tooth. There's also much to read with the lengthy commentary on the characters.

Beside character art, there are many beautiful paintings of the magical worlds they live in. Some of the ones I like are from Max Boas, Tim Lamb, Jayee Borcar, Peter Maynez, Felix Yoon, Patrick Hanenberger and Woonyoung Jung. They create much of the environment art of which many are printed big and nice.

Overall, the artbook packs plenty of things to see and read. It's fantastic and highly recommended.

It seems there are two publishers for this book, Titan Books and Insight Editions. Prices for the books might differ depending on where the books are sold.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Yvonne on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The artwork in this book is absolutely stunning. The landscapes and the thought put behind each character is really inspiring, and I really love this book. The only complaint that I have about it is that I really wish that there were more images dedicated to character development. There were so many pictures of the characters as final products, but it would've been really nice to see the process.

Other than that, it's a great book with beautiful pictures and a pretty interesting read.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Minnow on November 24, 2012
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Personally, I am very picky about art books. I prefer a balance of both early sketches, paintings, character tds, and digital manips which this art book succeeded on all fronts. It's filled with beautiful, unique designs making it surpass both the Tangled and the How to Train Your Dragon I own (which were originally my personal favorites out of my collection).
Each of the main characters are shown in intense detail along with each of the "worlds" they are located in.
You'll definitely be blown away and I would give it a must have for art book collectors and concept art appreciators.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By In a Hat on October 30, 2012
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The only thing I can say about this book is that it is beautiful. All the detail is amazing and beyond words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quinni on March 27, 2013
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I was the person who bought the artbook BEFORE seeing the movie. And it made the trip to the theaters that much more magical. It's wonderful to see all of the time and effort they put into their creations. I was really blown away by the colors in this book! There was even a section of the book that you can pull out to see the process from concept art to final digital renders. Very awesome!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bored on January 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The artists at Dreamworks know their stuff. The movie is gorgeous and so is this book! If you are a fan, this is one piece of merchandise worth buying. This book is LARGE and full of tons of concept work. Worth the money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy D. Flores on January 8, 2013
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It took a while to receive since it was back-ordered but it was worth the wait. The artwork is breathtaking. My daughter purchased it with her birthday money and spent about an hour slowly paging through the hard bound book. You are able to see the character ideas from beginning to end. The book lays it out from storyboard to final design. I told my daughter to take good care of it. You cannot beat the online price. In store it is $40+. I would say this book is well worth the higher price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NamelessAnami on January 5, 2013
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The book is perfect, the conditions are the best, also i would recommend this one the most because of the graphics. Thank you.
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