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The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Hardcover – August 18, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; Slp edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193378489X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933784892
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 11.3 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tracey Miller-Zarneke has long been fascinated with the world of animation, way beyond her credited roles on the feature films Meet the Robinsons, Chicken Little, and The Emperor's New Groove. Tracey is also the celebrated author of two books on animated features: The Art of Meet the Robinsons and The Art of Kung Fu Panda.

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I have tons of "Art of" movie books and this one is just the best in my collection.
Thanos of Titan
This one is filled to the brim with character designs, story boards, vis dev art and production paintings.
J. Sanford
Im so in love with this book that I already purchased the book of the second movie!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Garre on August 13, 2009
Length: 1:48 Mins
Awesome!! Hundreds of sketch, storyboard, visual characters development, backgrounds,... In the tradition of wonderful art books edited by Insight Editions. One of the best, if no the best, art animation book ever published.
This edition includes slipcase
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 16, 2009
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Length: 0:23 Mins
I really enjoy the animation art books published by Insight Editions. The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is another wonderful art book authored by Tracey Miller-Zarneke, who's also wrote the sold-out The Art of Kung Fu Panda.

This is a hardcover edition that comes with a sturdy cardboard slipcase. There are over 180 pages of art instead of the 156 listed erroneously on Amazon.

Inside the book is filled with concept art on the characters, the town and buildings, the props, storyboards, beatboards and colour studies. What I really like about the book is the art is created with a wide variety of medium. We have pens, pencils, markers, watercolour as well as digital drawings. The artistic style is incredibly varied and really colourful. There are even photos from the studio's in-house "Most Creative Breadboat" competition.

The book also comes with a lot of removable goodies. When you pull out the book from the slipcase, you'll be greeted by the smell of strawberries. That comes from the sticker book of food art. Additionally, there are removable sketches of top secret inventions, a huge map of the town, a multi-fold of the school's ridiculously long chalkboard and a few mini-booklets containing more art. This makes the book really fun to read.

All the major characters in the animation has writeup on them. Many of the art work are accompanied by captions from the production team. There are many interesting stories on production, such as figuring out how to make burgers bounce, break apart, and still look appealing. And how much food was ate while the artists were drawing delicious food.

This is definitely one of the art books to get for this year.

Most highly recommended.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thanos of Titan on October 18, 2009
I am totally in agreement with these other reviews, all I can say is that if you are an animator, graphic designer, concept artist or an animation lover...YOU NEED THIS BOOK! I have tons of "Art of" movie books and this one is just the best in my collection. Amazing work by all the talented artist, Chris Reccardi (his work includes Samurai Jack, Ren & Stimpy...and so on) being one of my favorites. The book comes with Scratch and sniff stickers, a CD, cards that pull out from little folders, mini books and HUGE Full page paintings and character designs, explainations of the story elements and characters....it is just really well done. It comes in a super nice hardcover slipcase too!

When it comes to this book you may pay a little more than the Pixar "Art of" books but you get so much more! (Don't get me wrong I am an insane Pixar Fan!) At this price, I recommend getting this book before it goes out of print and you have to pay a fortune for it...like the art of Kung-Fu Panda.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Sanford on October 7, 2009
Tracy knows animation. She knows the process intimately and knows artists, and thus she writes the best books. This one is filled to the brim with character designs, story boards, vis dev art and production paintings. Go buy it. IT is truly one of the best of it's kind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becca on October 22, 2011
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I cannot believe how much stuff they packed into one art book. I love all the ideations and development of each characters and set. It completely goes through the whole process of creating this masterpiece animation. If you are a fan of collecting making-of and art books... this is a must have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lluis Domingo Soler on May 11, 2010
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Amazing book, well edited, full of illustrations and drawings from the Making of the movie.

This edition comes with some extra stuff like cards, maps, brochures, and even stickers!

You'll love this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. King on April 5, 2010
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If you are inclined to buy one of these movie art books - then this is the one to get. It is one of the most unique books, with slides and pullouts, awesome art and information about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. If you enjoyed the movie, then you will be amazed and entertained with this book - it is a bit expensive, but worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minnie Goodsoup on February 2, 2010
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This book has been my best purchase in months; it seems made with a lot of care and love for animation, and it's full of little surprises such as stickers and Flint's inventions' designs hidden in paper envelopes.
To me, it's an indispensable purchase if you enjoyed this marvelous movie.
Not to mention Amazon's super-low price, which should definitely help you decide to buy it in case you have any doubts.
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