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The Art of Inside Out Hardcover – May 26, 2015
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Amy Poehler is an actress, producer, director, and author. She currently stars on the Emmy-nominated Parks and Recreation, and appeared for seven seasons on Saturday Night Live.
Pete Docter is vice president of creative at Pixar Animation Studios and the writer and director of Disney•Pixar's Inside Out. He directed the Academy Award®–winning feature films Monsters, Inc. and Up, and also worked as an animator, screenwriter, and voice actor. He lives in Piedmont, California.
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The book collects the concept art for the film. There are sketches and coloured illustrations of the characters, places and fantasy landscapes. The artworks are beautiful and nice, but can also be abstract at times, such as for the imaginary landscapes, so I really prefer those with more details fleshed out. The main artists whose work you'll see a lot are from Ronnie Del Carmen, Ralph Eggleston and Don Shank.
The downside of the book is the presentation style. I feel that it's unnecessary to blow up simple sketches to full page sizes. Sometimes it works, sometimes, it doesn't. And when it doesn't, it feels like it's trying to fill space. I found myself flipping through several pages with just a single sketch on it rather quickly because they just don't have enough details to hold attention. Whereas I would pause and admire the more detailed pieces.
There's quite a lot of white space in the book that could have been filled by commentary. Or the simple sketches could have been scaled down to allow more artworks to be included. There's no commentary other than the foreword by Amy Poehler and introduction by Pete Docter. Some text talking about the design would have added so much more depth to the book. There are some captions that describe the art, but more often than not there are none. I find it very confusing that they don't label who some of the characters are.
The Art of Inside Out feels lacking. I was looking back at the last four Pixar artbooks for Monsters University, Brave, Cars 2 and Toy Story 3 and they were all more substantial, with much more artworks and interesting commentary from the artists and staff.
Another downside is the lack of order. I wasn't able to perceive any type of categorisation. Usually, artbooks would group designs for characters, environments, props, effects separately. Some books would choose to present the art chronologically as they appear in the film. The artworks in this book feels jumbled up in no particular order. And it doesn't help that the captions are sometimes missing. All the artworks are credited to specific artists though.
It's probably not surprising that there's not even an author listed. I guess nobody wants to take credit for this book.
So overall, this book is a mixed bag to me. I would have expected something better coming from Pixar. If you have owned other Pixar artbooks, you'll be able to see clearly that the other books are better.
3 out of 5 stars.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I love Pixar movies because of how artistic they are and the detail they put into their craft is phenomenal. Their attention to how everything should look, from the shapes of their eyes to what they should wear. The emotions they must have poured into their art to create a movie about emotions and how they should be depicted is well amazing. I have nothing but praise for this book, the artists, the movie, the cast and crew and the whole team that put this together. I love art books and it's always fun to read their scribbles and notes to get an in depth look at how they create such wonderful pieces.
This is a great art book, it's super detailed with lots of content and a great introduction by Pete Doctor and foreward by Amy Poehler. The book has a nice hardcover and the cover design makes it look like you stumbled upon one of the artists' studio tables and just snapped a photo of the different drawings that were there. There is so much detail and to see how each character was shaped and molded from the beginning to the end product is really cool.
If you loved the art of the film, you'll love this book and you can ponder over the intricacies of everything over and over again.