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The Art of Monsters, Inc. Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2001
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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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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.)
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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- 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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ALL of the Art of (disney/pixar) books came totally damaged, torn covers & all 4 sides dented. This one had the biggest torn cover.Published 5 months ago by Katie V. Koob
GREAT product, as described. FAST shipping, very satisfied. A +++Published 16 months ago by Stivens
It's so gorgeous! Monster's Inc. Is my husbands favorite Pixar film and this was a gift for him. If you or someone you love loves Monster's Inc. this is a great buy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kingston
Got this as a gift for a friend but looked through it before wrapping it up. Loved the artwork and the insights into how the characters were created. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Roisin
Beautiful artwork! If you love concept art in old style non digital tecniches, this is your art of book. For sure!Published on November 16, 2013 by Nicolás Aguirre
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Any artist should know that "Art of (Pixar movie)" books will always be amazing. It's such a treat getting to see inside the story, characters, and process of Pixar's... Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Boom
i want this book forever. The movie is amazing and the art and design are so creative. good art bookPublished on July 8, 2013 by bunnylover
I will not work at Pixar but I will have all his books are like having story boards in my home office. Paper Artwork Enjoyed seeing them only exposed.
very nioce book