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About the Author

Tim Hauser has been a writer, creative executive, and producer in animation for over 20 years. He lives in Los Angeles.

Pete Docter is the director of UP and Monsters, Inc., and the co-writer of Toy Story and Toy Story 2.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811866025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866026
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.9 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 (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:25 Mins
If you're still wondering about the real story of Pixar's Up, this book provides very good clues (or spoilers). I'll just say it's about Carl, the old man, going on a journey in search for meaning to his life. The directive from the top was to make Up "the studio's most emotive film to date".

Tim Hauser has provided a good writeup into design style and production process of the movie. There's talk on the story arc, themes, the characters and a bit on the artistic side of production, like visiting a jungle for the research. The Pixar story team provided lots of quotes giving great insight into the story process. On the technical side to animating, nothing much is mentioned.

The challenge for this movie is aimed at simplicity. The character designs are based on simple shapes like squares (Carl), ovals (Russell, balloons), bullets (dogs), etc. I've the impression there are less sets and characters compared to other Pixar movies. There seem to be only the city, the sky (flying objects) and the jungle (big). You can see the focus is going to be on the characters.

The art included are character designs, storyboards, color scripts and few environmental paintings. Descriptions for the illustrations come in the form of quotes. There are lots of character sketches for the main characters, Carl, Russell and the house. Readers looking for the plot will find that in Lou Romano's colour scripts. It seems that there's a new (to me) character designer, Daniel López Muñoz, doing plenty of character sketches.

What you're not going to see are film stills, background paintings and pastels. No idea why but the number of background paintings always pales in comparison to non-Pixar art books. And there's only one pastel painting from Dominque Louis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2009
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Up is a different sort of movie than is commonly made by anyone much less Pixar. The themes addressed in the film are gut wrenching as well as inspiring, and to really gain insight into the methods used to bring them to the screen required a different approach than the average "Art of" book.

Though I have been a fan of Pixar since they came on the scene, I have never been compelled to buy any of their previous "Art of" books. With Up, I was so profoundly moved by this masterwork of a film that I had to find out everything I could about the process of making it! This book does that and more. Filled with carefully chosen preproduction art that shows the evolution of all the major characters and settings, this work also presents the evolution of the perspectives of the creators as they changed throughout the process.

The layout of the book takes inspiration from a prominent volume in the film, with similar colors, a "paste up" style and a very nice emboss hidden under the dust jacket. The paper quality is superb, as is the binding. This is a book that is meant to be looked at often and for a long time.

Even though I would love to have seen ALL the art from Up included, I came away feeling very satisfied in that I had seen more than expected, and all of the "most important" pieces. If you are like me and simply had to have more of Up, this book satisfies that urge and more. For everyone else, The Art of Up is a loving look at the masters of storytelling at work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dominique Gantois on February 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
art of? making of? quotations?; dunno, but this book is a bit boring,

The drawings are great, the artwork is as always superb, ... but why all those quotations, 65 of them taking up al that space, with an ugly 'like written' type for the name of the person, a type screwing up the pages.
There's sometimes one every page, and some are oppressing signed one_liners becoming more 'important' than the drawings.

It's a thing that didn't bother me with the Ratatouille book, these 'notes' and in Up it's maybe just a layout problem, (We love people explaining the creative process behind the movie).
In the Ratatouille book the type was smaller, they were lesser, more concentrated, more instructive with the artwork, closer to the drawings, quotations accompanying the drawings.
In UP I sometimes had the feeling of drawings almost being secondary.

There are 14 of such notes in Monsters, none in The Shorts art book, one of the best art books out there.

So 5 stars for the amazing art_work, minus two for the editing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Bluhm on June 9, 2009
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Despite some critical reviews here (which I can understand their specific complaints, entirely), I find this book to be very gratifying. As an artist working in the field of illustration and animation (see my books, REJECTS, SKETCH INFECTUS - [...]), I find this book to be hitting the peak of "art-of animation" books. There is just enough to keep me interested and inspired, and if you've seen the film, it's a great supplement. Pixar keeps the art genuine and inspired, and this book shows exactly where their mindset is.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George H. Taylor Jr. on May 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Chronicle books is well-known for beautiful and lavish books concerning the art behind many of today's modern animated films.

The Art of Up is no exception.

Author Tim Hauser is a graduate of the CalArts Character Animation Program and has been a writer, creative executive and producer. He also wrote The Art of Wall-E. The Pixar blog has a great interview with Tim about the experience of writing the book.

When I saw Up in 3D, I left the theater a little perplexed. I knew it was a great film, but, personally, I felt like the high points were the talking dogs; it was beautiful, engrossing and the comedy was top-notch. To me, though, I was missing a connection. After ruminating on the movie for a few days, I took The Art of Up from the shelves to review it. As I read the book, I saw the intent of the filmmakers to tell the story of a man's journey--not just through him, but through everyone and everything in his life.

As expected, the book is a visual delight. Each page is filled with glorious images from the pre-production of the film. Storyboards, concept art, sketches and digital paintings help to define the look and feel of the story. Hauser was able to capture the filmmakers' journey in bringing the project to fruition. One of the surprises for me lay in the area of character development. The artists coined the term simplexity to describe the process of designing the characters:

"...the art of simplifying an image down to its essence. But the complexity you layer on top of it--in texture, design, or detail--is masked by how simple the form is. 'Simplexity' is about selective detail." (Ricky Nierva, p.
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