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The Art of Moana Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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"Adults will enjoy 'The Art of Moana,' a coffee-table book filled with sketches and artwork, along with tips about the characters, the making of the film, and the history...The book is colorful as well as informative. It's definitely something fans of animation and especially fans of this film will want to have. This is filled with amazing pictures to embrace the beauty of the location and the cuteness of all the characters."
"This movie is simply beautiful and the book is a perfect companion to the film."
"This book from Jessica Julius and Maggie Malone...takes you behind the scenes of the film's production by focusing on the lavish visual creativity of the production."
-The Den of Geek
"The Art of Moana offers an incredible breakdown on the creative process for the major characters and locations viewers have fallen in love with. Readers will enjoy character sketches showing the evolution of Moana herself, as well as variations on her necklace - which is key to the story... No matter which character or location is your fave, you'll find an unparalleled behind-the-scenes look at its development in this book."
"If you enjoyed the film and you want to dig into some of the culture behind it and what went into creating the movie, this book is a great way to do that."
About the Author
Maggie Malone is head of creative affairs at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She lives in Los Angeles.
Jessica Julius is senior creative executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She is the author of The Art of Zootopia, as well as several children's books. She lives in Los Angeles.
John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award®–winning director, chief creative officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and principal creative officer at Walt Disney Imagineering.
John Musker, director of Moana, began at Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1977 and collaborated with Ron Clements on several award-winning, acclaimed features, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog.
Ron Clements, director of Moana, started his career at Walt Disney Animation Studios as an apprentice for Disney legend Frank Thomas and went on to work on classics The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Princess and the Frog.
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Note that there are spoilers in this book. So it's probably better to only go through the book after watching the film.
In addition to the environment art, there are lots of character designs. Directors Ron Clements and John Musker were inspired by the beauty of the Pacific islands, and the culture of their people. All the designs in the book are inspired by culture and that's what makes this book awesome, because it there's so much depth. You can read about how the designers research on the landscape and flora, and get inspiration from the design language of these people. Designs for the clothing, props, setting and even the tattoos on the bodies of the characters are all spot on, and all give life to these characters. There are short text on the designs too.
All 160 pages in this hardcover are filled with beautiful artworks.
If this book is selling at full retail price without discount, I recommend checking out Book Depository to compare prices. You might find it cheaper there.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I love the book itself though.
My one complaint is that there are never enough conceptual designs of characters but as that is the industry I am working towards, I always want to see more of that type of art so that's just my bias.
I would definitely recommend this to fans of Disney, Moana, or art and design in general. This gives a really beautiful look into the making of a wonderful film.