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The Art of Tangled Hardcover – November 17, 2010
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About the Author
John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award-winning director and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Byron Howard, co-director of Tangled, joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1994 and has served as an animator, character designer, and supervising animator for such classic films as Mulan and Lilo & Stitch. He directed Bolt with Chris Williams and later served as an executive producer on the acclaimed 2009 short Super Rhino.
Nathan Greno, co-director of Tangled, joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1996. He served over a decade in the Story Department, and was story supervisor on the film Bolt. Greno wrote and directed the acclaimed 2009 short Super Rhino.
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The 160-page hardcover is filled with the very distinctive Disney style art, featuring character designs, environment and storyboards.
I love the beautiful character sketches and there are lots of them. Some of the character artists are Jin Kim, Claire Keane, Bill Schwab who drew really expressive characters. But much of them are drawn by legendary animator Glen Keane, and they really stand out with their lively action poses. It's fun to see the many expressions and tricks Rapunzel can do with her 70-feet hair. Other than Rapunzel, there are sketches for Flynn Rider (prince), Pascal (chameleon), Maximus (horse) and other characters like the bad guys.
As for the environment art, you'll get to see the familiar Disney towns and castles as interpreted by artists today. The design inspiration comes from previous Disney films like Cinderella, Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty. Some of the paintings from those films are also included. It's about translating what used to be 2D into 3D and you can read all about the challenges from the artists' interviews.
The change in medium for creating Tangled makes it feel like a totally fresh Disney fairy tale, yet it also feels like the older ones at the same time. It continues Disney's legacy in animation in a fine way.
This book is a treat to artists, animators and art lovers. A lot of great artists contributed to the art and unfortunately I can't name them all so you'll have to get the book to check out their work.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
But even if you don't know any of these names and just want to know a little bit more about how this film was made, you won't be disappointed. The art, in and of itself is simply spectacular and you'll get basically a portfolio representing many different styles and viewpoints. I was often disappointed in the earlier Disney "art of" books because I simply wanted to see more - more drawings and more paintings. But this book exceeded my expectations and really packs it in.
The writing is very good as well. I enjoyed hearing about Glen Keane's desires in making a "Sincere Fairy Tale" which was carried forward by directors Howard and Greno. There's also a very good chapter on the design and style of the film which shows the inspiration of Pinocchio and Cinderella right next to the Tangled Designs. Photos of Disney Land Architecture and how it inspired the film were also fun to look at.
The book is well made and is a very good quality, similar to the previous Disney books in binding and paper stock.Read more ›
I love how most of the book gives each section a lot of emphasis on the pre-production work, the renderings, the character drawings and models. There wasn't as much 3D stills even though this movie is technically the first Disney fairy tale in that format. However, what makes this book such a nice addition to my artbook set is that it focused more on the pre-production hand drawn/painted artwork that is the hallmark of many Disney animated movies.
One additional note: I have to applaud and thank Parka for uploading video reviews of most of The Art of titles. The "Look Inside" feature on Amazon many times does not reproduce images, and being able to see a video of someone flipping through the book is immensely helpful when deciding to purchase (especially an expensive out of print title). His video reviews more than once were the deciding factor in my purchase. And I have the empty wallet to show for it. :-)
If you are a fan of The Art of titles I suggest you pick this up as soon as you can. I don't know if it is out of print already, or if there will be a 2nd printing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this film, and love this book, the perfect pairing. A great insight to the work that went behind TangledPublished 21 days ago by India
This book is really great. It has so much stuff, it's awesome!
I only have one other Disney art-of book: Frozen. And this one is much better, actually! Read more
ALL of the Art of (disney/pixar) books came totally damaged, torn covers & all 4 sides dented.Published 5 months ago by Katie V. Koob
The book gradually transitions into the artwork while also maintaining a voice throughout. Rather than only seeing drawings on each page you'll also see quotes and some things... Read morePublished 7 months ago by V
Wouldn't expect anything less for Art Books such as this from Disney.Published 10 months ago by S. R. Mullins
Beautiful artbook! amazing concept art, and character art as well! everything here is just stunning to look at - the buildings, characters, animals, scenery. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hanny Segev