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"If you marveled at the artistry of Disney Pixar's 'Brave,' you're going to love 'The Art of Brave.'" - Sioux City Journal

"a visual feast..."
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"The Art of Brave is still one of the best art books from Chronicle Books to date."
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About the Author

Jenny Lerew is an animation story artist and the author of a noted blog on animation art and history, The Blackwing Diaries. She is also the author of Scrambled Ink, a compendium of original illustrated stories, and has worked as a director and story artist at Warner Bros, Amblimation, Turner, Disney, and DreamWorks. Her most recent film was DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon. Jenny lives in Pasadena, California.

John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award-winning director and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Brenda Chapman is the director of Brave. She previously directed DreamWorks Animation Studios' 1998 release, The Prince of Egypt, and worked as a story artist on a number of beloved films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, including The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Fantasia/2000. Chapman was also the story supervisor on Disney's The Lion King.

Mark Andrews is the director of Brave. He has worked in Pixar's story department on a number of feature films including The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and Toy Story 3, and also co-wrote and co-directed the Academy Award® nominated Pixar short film One Man Band. Most recently, Andrews was co-writer and second unit director on the Disney film John Carter.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1St Edition edition (May 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781452101422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452101422
  • ASIN: 1452101426
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:16 Mins
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This is a lovely art book for the movie Brave. This is number 13 for Pixar if anyone's counting.

The book's 160 pages and it's all filled with art and commentary. The concept art is great and you can really feel that everything really fits well together, the characters, the landscape and the stories. There are character designs, environment drawings, sculpts, storyboards and colorscript.

This is Pixar's first period film. The environment designs are a bit dark but that's because the movie is set in ancient Scotland. It's interesting to see a mythical and worn landscape as designed for animation. The colour choices are quite muted, perhaps to give more contrast to Merida.

The characters and art are delightful to look at. They are so full of personality. They have all sorts of characteristics and shapes that make them stand out. There are a few pages of storyboard sequences that are really great, even without words you know the chemistry between the characters and how they are feeling.

Steve Pilcher is the production designer and there's a lot of his charming drawings included. His pencil drawings really beautiful and dimensional. They really bring the characters and places to life. Other artists included are Carter Goodrich, Steve Purcell, Noah Klocek, Matt Nolte and more.

The book doesn't really talk about the story as a whole, but the text do cover the characters and their development. So there's bits and pieces of spoilers throughout.

Overall, it's a wonderful book put together by author Jenny Lerew. It's a good read with great art.

Highly recommended for fans of Pixar and animation art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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First of all, let me state this is a fantastic book. All aspects of the film are covered, including backgrounds, major and minor characters, structures and creatures. Development of how these were brought about is gone over in depth.

However, those of you who preorded the book (as I did) and don't want to know the plot of the movie need to be warned that there are major spoilers included. Most of the movie is story boarded in black and white and in color, and you will pretty much know the whole film if you page through the book in detail, as I tend to do with "art of" books. Again, if this is not a problem for you, its a great book and dig in. But if you want to stay surprised as too major plot points in the movie, I'd wait until after the film before opening up.
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This is incredible Art Book about the movie Brave. All the work what they do by PIXAR for this movie showing in this book and is excellent drawings telling the whole story. The pictures, landscapes look so real. I'm just waiting for this movie right now and I know will be great movie. The story is from Scotland love this country so much.
If you are interested drawings or talented with that, get this "The Art of Brave" ... and have fun.
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I went into "Brave" fairly skeptical. It didn't look like the kind of movie I would normally watch, but then it was made by Pixar so that made me curious. Then, my teenage son saw it with a friend and said he thought I would enjoy it. I went, and he was right!

The visuals in the movie are stunning and the story is fantastic. As a family, we all appreciated the message about listening to each other.

This book, then, is a wonderful companion as it shows the artwork of the movie and the pre-production artwork that was developed over the years that it took to make the movie. As a wanna-be artist myself, I like books like this anyway, but I especially appreciated how this book showed the interaction of how the art and the characters progressed. Characters grew and then the art would change accordingly, or the art would change and the character would grow to match.
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I really enjoyed this book! It's got some nice concepts and designs.
I was pretty disappointed however, since I felt like they didn't include a lot of the concept art. I would have loved to see more of Merida and the main characters sketches and drawings that led them to what we have now. I received that from many other art books so I felt this one wasn't taken to it's full potential.

Really wonderful book however!
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I really like Disney/Pixar's collection series of these 'The Art of (Insert movie title)' - At first I purchased the Art of Tangled which blew me away with the gorgeous artwork.

While this is a nice book I have to admit I was a little disappointed by the art selection. It wasn't as stunning or involved as the work for Tangled.
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Not as good as the Tarzan one that came out many years ago, but comes real close.
It really goes into the development of the movie, and shows us the work that goes into creating the artwork involved.
Thanks for the book and movie.
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I have a ton of these books. I wanted to get this one because I loved the animation of the movie, and wanted to see the process. It was interesting to see the pre design character sketches of Merida. This book has a lot of character sketches, but only a few of each character. It has the background designs, and info about the process of the movie. It wasn't my favorite book of the art of Disney books, but it is still a good one. I just wish there was more sketches instead of digital drawings. Overall if you love the art of Disney books, are into drawing, loved the movie, or have a career in art then you would enjoy this book!
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