Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$6.88
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Minor curling to top corner, small tear to top of binding
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Art of Oz The Great and Powerful Paperback – March 5, 2013

4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback, March 5, 2013
"Please retry"
$29.99 $2.64

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
click to open popover
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • 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)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 10, 2013
Verified Purchase
Length: 1:25 Mins
The Art of Oz The Great and Powerful is more of a visual companion to the movie rather than an artbook. As an artbook, it falls short but as a visual companion it's wonderful.

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.)
4 Comments 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
As an avid collector of “Art of” animation/film books, this publication is a departure from the norm.

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.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
This is a large and beautifully designed softcover book.
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Buyers beware! This book is in paperback. I kind of expected that for the price, but other collectors that I've seen have expressed disappointment over the fact that the book isn't in hardcover. Overall, this book is basically a "making of" for the movie, focusing on the set, costume design and visual effects with some interviews, including a few of the cast. There's plenty of concept art and behind-the-scenes photos.

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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews