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The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2 Hardcover – May 17, 2011

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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. She has previously authored eight books on the art of animation, including the first two books in The Art of Kung Fu Panda series, The Art and Making of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Art of Planes, and The Art of How to Train Your Dragon. Tracey worked as technical editor for the second edition of the textbook Producing Animation and as an editorial advisor for Directing for Animation. She also serves on the board of directors for the organization Women in Animation. In the non-animated realm, Tracey lives in Los Angeles and channels her creative energy into work as a writer and playtime with her two sons.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608870189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608870189
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 10, 2011
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I love the first film and its art book. This second art book is almost awesome-ness volume 2. If you're unable to get the first art book for whatever reasons, you should definitely get the second art book while it's still in stock.

It's a hardcover 156-page art book. The concept art is fantastic. It consists of character designs, background paintings and storyboards. Everything's printed big. The commentary are on the story and characters so that's always interesting.

Nicolas Marlet is still the character designer. There are additional character designs here, those that didn't make it the first film, and those created for the second film. The new gang of characters are mainly the bad guys. There are lots of sketches of expressions and characters in their kung fu stance. Mr Ping, Po's dad, is also given coverage as the history of Po is uncovered.

The background art is inspired by Chinese towns, architecture and paintings. The set design is wonderful. It's really cool to see old Chinese buildings designed and used in animated films, to great effect I must add.

Now for the disappointing thing about the book, the binding is bad. After reading for a while, the pages came off the spine and now hanging by the threads that hold them together. I was hoping this would not happen because the Rango art book I bought also came with a bad binding, also published by Insights edition. Again, maybe I received a copy from a bad printing batch - I said that in the other review too.

Anyway, if you're getting this book in UK or Europe, it's distributed by Titan Books. The prices are slightly different. Not sure about the binding quality for that.

Overall, it's awesome-ness with a bit of letdown. Sounds strange? Yes, unfortunately. -1 star for the binding.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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As the other reviewers have mentioned, the layout and printing are as good as the first Art of KFP title. The sketches are all reminiscent of the first title also, and I am particularly excited to see Lord Shen in action. I'm much more pumped to see the movie now that I have looked through the book. I am giving it 5 stars because I have not had the binding issue that Parka mentioned, and my copy does not show signs of irregular cutting as another reviewer mentioned. I'm not sure why there are variations from one copy to the next. Hope this helps.
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Got this for him and hoped it would have been as good as the first book. It's not. It is good and well illustrated. It's just no where as good as the first book was. If you love Kung Fu Panda and all the swag you can get your hands on (granted there's just not much out there). This book is a great buy. It's still wonderful for the artwork but I think the first was more comprehensive and gave many more illustrations!

It's still a great book. It just gets 3 stars for not being as jam packed as the first.
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Definitely five stars to the content of this book! Artistically, it's impressive and fresh. From a design point of view, it is quite unique in it's character designs (of course, Nico Marlet!). From an animators point of view it's been really awesome to analyze the gesture drawings and storyboards included in the art book. The paintings, which most are digital instead of traditional like it used to be, are simply amazing. Before this art book, the Art of How To Train Your Dragon used to be my Dreamwork's favorite art book, but now this one has come so close, so close that in fact I can say that this is my new personal favorite pretty much along with HTTYD, actually now that I think of it I can't really decide which I like the most. Both are fantastic!

(Note: before purchasing this art book I read several customer comments about the binding quality and it's issues, from my experience the binding is still good, but I have noticed it feels like if it's starting to give the issue mentioned on other comments, I don't know, maybe I'm just being too much of a paranoid.)
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The first Kung Fu Panda movie was a revelation - a non-Pixar animation that met the "gold" standard set by the geniuses in Emeryville, CA. Though I found the story line to be compelling than was the story in the first movie, I thought that KFP2 was more visually lush, and so the "art of" book was an instant "must-have." For the cartoonist, illustrator and storyboard artist these compilations (working drawings, concept sketches and model sheets) provide inspiration, ample reference material - and a bit of a "how-to-guide." However, for everyone who enjoyed the movie, they're a way to revisit the experience. And not to forget - they're delightful eye candy - page after page of gorgeous art. As I'm writing this I'm comparing the Art of KFP2 with the book about the first movie. Though the Art of Kung Fu Panda has about 40 more pages, I found the artwork in the volume about the sequel slightly more compelling. KFP was a tough act to follow, as was the book. While (in my opinion) the sequel didn't trump the original movie, the Art of Kung Fu Panda 2 is more than the equal of its predecessor. And, it's proof that the men and women who write, design and produce these movies are among the best in the industry.
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