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"Noela Hueso's The Art of the Croods (Titan Books) is the one MUST-HAVE tie-in for anyone with any interest in the film." – DreamWorks’ The Croods Blog

“If you’re a fan of the movie and of animation in general, you’ll want to check the book out.” – Forbes

About the Author

Hueso worked as Senior Editor, Features at The Hollywood Reporter for 16 years, before going freelance. Animation is one of her areas of film expertise. The Art of The Croods is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781164118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781164112
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Maurer on March 26, 2013
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I have four long bookshelves lined with nothing but animation books. The lion's share of these are 'Art Of' and 'Making Of' books, but until now, only three of them focused on CG films. Why? Cuz I'm old. Cuz I was raised on hand-drawn animation. And given the choice, I'd much rather look at paintings, sketches and pastels than the multicolored spaghetti that makes up a CG animator's toolbox.

Or so I'd thought.

After reading Noela Hueso's 'The Art of the Croods,' I can feel a seismic shift about to occur in my library. If the other recently released CG 'Art Of' books are even half as good as this one, I'm about buy a LOT of new books. I may even have to build some new bookshelves!

With 'The Art of the Croods,' Noela Hueso has put together the PERFECT behind-the-scenes book. It contains hundreds of large, beautifully reproduced illustrations, as well as a wealth of informative, unobtrusively placed text. Someone who has never read anything about animation could pick it up and gain a pretty good understanding of what goes into making a feature length CG film. Animation know-it-alls will also find plenty to pore over, from the concept art to the uncensored anecdotes to the detailed descriptions of the film's technical trickery.

The Introduction:

'The Art of the Croods' starts off with a brief introduction to the film's production. The movie began way back in 2004, originally conceived of as a stop-motion film from Aardman Animations ('Wallace & Gromit'), and co-written by Kirk De Micco ('Space Chimps') and John Cleese ('Monty Python'). When Aardman's first DreamWorks release, Flushed Away, tanked, the two studios parted ways. John Cleese departed soon thereafter. This left Kirk De Micco all alone on the film.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 30, 2013
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The Art of the Croods is one of my top favourite artbooks for this year.

Every page is a luscious display of gorgeous art. There are plenty of fun and wonderful character designs and sketches. The environment art are filled with inviting colours covering exotic locations. You know that heightened sense of awareness you get when you're traveling overseas? I feel a bit like that just from looking at the background art. It's a beautiful colourful world.

Creature designs are real fun and you get to see the many different ways of creating cute. There are a lot of cross species mix and match which somehow reminds me of creatures from Avatar The Last Airbender but the style here is much different. And there are the flora designs of all the places in the movie. There are a lot of details to take in.

Chris Sander's on board as director but you won't see much of his art. However, you'll see art from Carter Goodrich, Dominique Louis, Shane Prigmore, Christophe Lautrette and many other talented artists. The art director is Paul Duncan. The art team is amazing.

This book is a treat to the visual senses.

Highly recommended.

Do not miss out on this.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tz2z on April 4, 2013
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This book is incredible. Even if you aren't a fan of the movie you will still appreciate the sheer amount of great artwork that fills this book cover to cover!
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By Jorge A. D. Negrisoli on June 19, 2013
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I really liked the book, it's a great job super competent.

Like: Booklet, Cover, Illustrations, Quality Paper, Art in itself

Dislike: I missed seeing the design process more than the illustrations themselves, as in "Art Of the Planet 51", where they had to color palettes of the characters, but nevertheless loved the book!
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By Erika on May 4, 2013
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As a movie, "The Croods" is my new favorite! And this book is packed full of amazing concept art and sketches. Before you judge a book by it's cover and write off "The Croods" as being too strange/odd/weird/"out there", give it a chance! The movie is a must see and the book is a must own!!
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By Nicole Lynn Sowards on May 19, 2013
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If you are a fan of The Croods, this is a must own book! This book is full of gorgeous concept art, character development and creation, and storyboards and design process. Incredibly cheap for what you get, especially if you use Amazon Prime.
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By Petite on May 2, 2013
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I buy these type of books just for the art really, and there's a lot of beautiful art! More of these "art of" books should be like this honestly. Less text and more art. Next thing to do now is watch the movie. =)
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By A. Trinh on June 2, 2013
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I loved all the paintings in this book. And it doesn't hurt that it included a few sketches from James Baxter. This is definitely a book to get for both animation fanatics and even your casual art book collector.
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