- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Disney Editions (March 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423170911
- ISBN-13: 978-1423170914
- Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Oz The Great and Powerful Paperback – March 5, 2013
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The selected artworks included are mainly the concept art for the environment, basically the forests, China land and castles. There aren't a lot of artwork so it's disappointing, but of those included they are beautiful. I was expecting more artwork since the backdrop for the film is mainly computer generated. Surely there would be a lot more artworks to reference from. The magical land of Oz is also a highlight so the book feels lacking when it comes to showing how it's actually created.
Other pictures in the book are the indoor photos of the set, actors and behind the scenes.
The writeup is from Grant Curtis who has produced Sam Raimi's last six project. He also wrote The Spider-man Chronicles which is a book I like very much for the incredibly detailed production diary.
The Oz book covers in detail the production process, stuff like building the sets, integrating with computer graphics, creating the costumes, and more. They would talk about their references, such as getting inspiration for trees from the old Disney animated movies. Another interesting part is on how they manage to bring the China girl to life using a mixture of old school puppetry and computer graphics.
My other quibble is the book's spine. It doesn't seem strong enough for this 256-page paperback. Mine is showing signs of creasing on the spine.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
First, it has been published in paperback only – I believe a first for the Disney “Art of” books. At roughly the same dimensions as previous Disney/Pixar “Art of” books, there’s no arguing about the price, though - $15 for this (at the time I’m writing this review, at least) can’t be beat, particularly when mass market paperback novels sell for nearly $10. The book is nicely produced, for a paperback. I really think that a book as nicely designed as this deserves a hardcover binding.
The second downside is that for an “Art of” book, there is very little art in the book. It certainly is a well-illustrated book, with full color throughout but, surprisingly, does not really feature much production art. This book would be more accurately described as a “Making of” book. It is full of photos from the film’s production and has a lot of text. Though I haven’t had a chance to read the entire text quite yet, I am impressed with the amount of information included about the film’s production.
So, I am enjoying this book, but disappointed in the format. I do hope that the fact this was produced in paperback only, and the last minute cancellation of the U.S. edition of the Art of John Carter book does not signal the coming end of these types of books.
The photos are beautiful as is the concept art. The printing is excellent, but it is not hardcover. Maybe the only negative point.
Many people complain that his is not an "Art of" book, because it has a lot of photos. I myself consider photos as "Art" too. And since the photos are beautiful, they really are ART.
There is also a lot of informative text and the overall design is VERY well done.
To me this a PERFECT example of a movie art/making of book.
Some on-set photos I thought could just as easily be pictures from Oz books. Sometimes Zach Braff and Joey King (who voice CG characters in Oz and inspired the animation for them) were actually on set, so you see a guy dressed as the Wizard with two people in average modern attire. (The Wizard just isn't as old as Baum told us.)
I'd suggest picking this book up, if such things catch your fancy. I don't think we'll see many behind the scenes books for this or later Oz movies.
There is a section dedicated to Oz creator L. Frank Baum and they mention Denslow a lot, but don't mention John R. Neill or that Baum and Denslow parted ways. It neglects mentioning that Baum wrote works under pseudonyms, and among a "sextet" of books published in 1911 and 1912 that failed to generate good sales, "Our Married Life" and "Johnson" are mentioned alongside four other books, despite the fact that these two were never published at all, and their manuscripts are lost. However, I'll give them credit for referring to the Daring Twins books and a generally factually sound biography. They must have just looked at a list of Baum's works. Sometimes, I just have to accept that not everyone knows as much about Baum as I do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sorry, this book was a Christmas gift. I looked at the book and the pictures were very nice. It came in time.Published on January 31, 2014 by Susan T
Great book that showcases the behind the screens of the movie from concept art to production. It is very col with great pictures. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Shaggs
Grant is an incredible writer and producer of movies. I was impressed with the quality of the book and the stunning pictures therein. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Dan B. Curtis
I love this book! It spells out how the vision of the director came to the screen through the eyes of one of the producers. A fascinating read. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Jeremy W Thompson
First up I agree with other reviewers that this book is as much a making of as an Art of movie book.
I enjoyed most of the content. Read more
I saw it at the Imax and it was wonderful! My nephew, Victor Martinez, was one of the Concept Illustrators, so I was so anxious to see his work. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Sandi
I think this a great companion piece to the wonderful movie.....great insight into the creative processes involved in bringing this backstory to the screen ..... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Robert
Great book for fans of the movie, filled with commentary and photos including production art work designed to show case how the movie was brought to lifePublished on April 16, 2013 by sherif mahmoud
I love the book! However the copy I ordered through amazon came with about 20 pages bent. I was so sad but maybe after a few years on the shelf they will straighten out.Published on April 10, 2013 by Cc22