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The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2 Hardcover – May 17, 2011
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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.)
It's still a great book. It just gets 3 stars for not being as jam packed as the first.
(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.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful illustrations, cannot stress enough how amazing the concept art is for the Kung Fu Panda movies. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tonkzilla
Grammatical errors, poor binding and no information than what I knew.Published 13 months ago by Grauben Ann
Arrived with both sides of the hardcover curved outward. SEVERELY. Had to press the book for a week before it straightened out, and even then it wasn't prefect. Not okay. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ali
Outstandig piece! Although it has some scratchies and some creases of an used book, i just loved to have in my hands such a wonderfull and enriching compilation od artists working... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Celo