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The Art of Monsters, Inc. Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS (November 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0811833887
  • ASIN: B0007MTTF8
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,758,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a treat!

Pixar's Monsters, Inc. was, as far as I'm concerned, the best animated feature released this year. This art book, published by Chronicle (not Disney -- how odd?), is the only "making of" tie-in created for the film and a delightful visual companion to the movie.

This book is a wonderful collection of preliminary inspirational artwork created for the film. Most of the pieces selected contain characters and concepts that bare no relation to the monsters and mayhem in the final product. But by allowing us to see all the hard (but funny) creative work that goes into the visual decision making, the filmmakers shed some light on the secrets of creating classic animation; they add to our knowledge of the development process and garner our respect for the enormous talent at large within Pixar.

Inspirational art is a vital component of every great animated film but average moviegoers never get to see any of it. As John Lasseter and Pete Docter point out in their intro, "Once the film is completed, the inspirational artwork is filed away in the archives, never to be seen by the general public."

What makes this book so enjoyable is the array of talent Pixar assembled for inspiration. The paintings, sketches and layouts, done in pastels, markers, acrylics, gouache, pencils and mixed media presented here, are just plain fun to look at. Many of the artists were given a few details about the settings or the characters, and were then allowed to let their imaginations run free.

The artists themselves are amazing. Some of my favorite pieces are from Lane Smith, J. Otto Siebold and Oscar Grillo. Stealing the show however, are striking works from Geefwee Boedoe, Ricky Nierva, Lou Romano and Dominique Louis.

Though famed for their landmark work with computer graphics, this book reminds me that Pixar is first and foremost a "cartoon studio" the finest in the world, at this point in the 21st Century. Dominique Louis' painting of Sulley's apartment exterior, showing a street filled with sinister looking brownstones, or Harley Jessup's grand concepts for the Monsters Inc. factory, are filled with tiny details that can't be written. The inherent humor of these design defy a literal, verbal description and the wit in the color and line cannot be produced in a word processing program. (Yes, even color has wit as amply demonstrated in Tia Kratter's color studies of Sullivan's fur and Dominique Louis' color script thumbnails.)

It's joyous to see a variety of professional cartoonists letting loose with a free reign to create creatures that defy logic and all sense of human comprehension.
The secret of Pixar's success (only one of their secrets, I might add) is that they aren't out to use the computer to recreate reality. They know the computer can already do that. They are trying to make authentic, honest-to-goodness, animated cartoons that tell great stories and touch the heart.

Walt Disney accomplished that goal in the 20th Century. Lasseter and his crew are the heir apparent. They understand what makes great, appealing characters and what it takes to bring them to life. This book gives us an over the shoulder peek, with some spectacular artwork that deserves to seen, admired and kept. Animation World Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Lasseter is Pixar Animation Studios's executive vice-president of creative and the director of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 2. He most recently served as the executive producer of Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, and is currently executive producer of The Incredibles.

Pete Docter has been with Pixar Animation Studios since 1990. He is the director of Monsters, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

This is the type of book that makes you smile and sigh a little and then pet it.
Haydee Aston
The numerous different illustrators that have provided work make this collection of images a delight.
T. Metcalf
Any artist should know that "Art of (Pixar movie)" books will always be amazing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:45 Mins
This book is filled with plenty of character design and set drawings. You'll read no making of the movie. There are also no stills from the movie.

The collection of concept art is very colourful, especially the pastel drawings by Dominique Louis and Ralph Eggleston. Every panel drawn by them is a delight to look at.

A definite buy for any Pixar fan or if you're buying for kids.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Adams on January 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Being a longtime fan of Disney & Pixar films I found myself particularly touched by Monsters, Inc and was eagerly looking forward to learning more about the how this film came about. Previous "Art of" books from Disney and Pixar were rich sources of information on how the story and characters developed from initial inspiration to big screen. As such I was dissapointed to find this book contains primarily concept art. Rich and vivid imagery but very little commentary.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edward Juan on November 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What's surprising is that in this book there is hardly any screenshots or CG graphic art. But that's what makes the book great! It really proves that computer does not dominate in the animation industry; everything is still from sketches and traditional works. The book filled with great works from Eggleton (director of "For the Bird") and many other amazing script illustrators. The only thing that is disappointing is that most of the images are already available in the Monsters Inc. DVD. Overall, no animator should miss this book! Don't want to miss those amazing prints!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "orbithead9" on November 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In recent years everytime a major animated film, particularly those associated with Disney, is released a flood of products overwhelms the consumer market. This is not however your typical 'making of' or 'behind the scenes' look at "Monsters Inc.". I'm certain that if it is not already out there it will soon follow if that is what you're looking for. This book is unique, especially since the movie is 3-D rendered computer animation, because it is not filled with wire-frames, and storyboards, and studio character layouts. This book is more about inspiration. The vast amount of illustrations are beautiful, whimsical, and as varied as the imagination itself. I thouroughly enjoyed this book as a lover of cartoons, of paintings, of drawings, and of monsters of all kinds. I highly reccomend it to children of all ages and art lovers everywhere.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Metcalf on December 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of wonderful, imaginative illustrations that show the time and effort that was placed into Monsters Inc. The numerous different illustrators that have provided work make this collection of images a delight. There is very little text and explanation to go along with the images, but this is exactly what I was looking for. Its interesting to see how many changes the characters appearances went through to reach the final animated film. A definite buy for any fan of Pixar.
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By Haydee Aston on July 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the type of book that makes you smile and sigh a little and then pet it. :]

I'm a Pixar fan and I'm working on collecting all the "Art of" books. So far I have this Monster's Inc. one and Finding Nemo. What's odd about these books is that they are all pretty different. Some contain more commentary than others and the concept art is drawn in different styles. This book has very little commentary and it is in the style of a very cartoony modern art. Finding Nemo on the other hand, has a lot of commentary to take you into the minds of the artists. The Finding Nemo book is also in a more realistic style and a lot of it is charcoal drawings.

So it depends on the type of person you are to tell which "Art of" book to buy. Monster's Inc is a lot more colorful and i feel it's more exciting because you can really see the development of the characters and setting and the gradual changes to what you see in the movie. I really enjoyed this book and I find myself flipping through it over and over again even though I read the whole thing in one sitting when I first received it. It's an amazing addition to any artist and Pixar fan.
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Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:45 Mins
What's included in this book:

- Mike & Sulley - various designs, including early sketches through finished looks
- Lots of character drawings in color pencil and marker
- Concept Art of Monster World/Monstropolis
- Concept Art of the Factory and Door Vault
- Concept Art of the Scare Floor
- Dozens of Background Monster designs (includes texture and color studies)
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By Manuel Pina Vargas on March 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the gratest Art of that Pixar has to offer yet. I don't think there are many words that can describe the feeling you have when you first look at this illustrations. They are both beautifull and exquisit pieces of art. This book is a must for everyone that loves this movie or Pixar's art of books, and I recommend it for everyone else just for how beautifull this book is.
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