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The Art of Pocahontas Hardcover – June 24, 1995
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The content is split into the following categories: Preproduction and Concept Art, Story, Charater Development and Animation, Layouts and Backgrounds, Effects and Colors.
Pocahontas is actually a Native American woman who married an Englishman John Rolfe way back in 1595. You can read more on the real Pocahontas on wikipedia.
Much of the challenge in making this movie is the balancing of the story, myth and legend. There's great writeup in this book on how scenes were adjusted to best convey themes while entertaining audiences.
There are over 400 colour and black-and-white illustrations in the book. Most of the scenes and characters are captioned by the story artists, examining the character motivations and story arcs. These are incredibly detailed and is what breathes life into the characters. Reading those captions is my favourite part of the book.
In the layout and background section, the descriptions explain how compositions work in the scenes to complement stories. It's educational, with timeless principles applied and explained.
This book really gives a good sense of the incredible amount of work done behind the scenes to create the animated movie. It's a very interesting as well as an enlightening read.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I. Does it represent/portray and do it well?
Pocahontas herself is a Native American/American Indian woman and Rebello definitely highlights the importance of studying Native American/American Indian cultures and philosophies in the making of this film. I was happy to hear of the names of the NA/AI persons who contributed to the ideas surrounding the movie.
II. Does it teach me something or make me think?
It taught me a lot about the film-making process (including story, art, music, etc), the processes of Disney Animation Studios, general Native American/American Indian ideals, and the creative process. I paused during many moments to reflect on what this book teaches about content creation.
III. Does it perpetuate healthy ideals?
The movie itself promotes an open-mind, a connection to nature, love, culture, and enlightenment (as in the opposite of ignorance). This book emphasized those ideals.
IV. How was the writing itself? (Style, plot, characters, ease of reading, pace, world-building.)
Rebello chose very moving quotes from the production team, quotes that made me feel deep emotions. The book was also easy to read for a non-visual person, and remained interesting throughout.
V. Did I enjoy reading it?
Absolutely. I gained both mental and emotional pleasure from reading this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lost my original copy two years ago in the Pensacola flood; Needed to replace the book because it was the first movie the Mrs.. and I attended before we were married.togetherPublished 2 months ago by Richard Bonfiglio
Excellent book for the Disney collector. So detailed.Published 7 months ago by Roseann & Robert Pistella
this book is really huge because the artwork displayed in the book is huge. i enjoyed reading it and looking at the artwork. Read morePublished 13 months ago by rajo
Very good book, big, hardcover, excellent print and good quality images. Perfect for animation lovers! A must for every collector and fan of Disney!Published 19 months ago by Fernanda
This mini book is full of great art & a behind the scenes look at each aspect of the film.Published on May 11, 2014 by Skyler
I love this book and the fact that its portable makes it even better, its adorable and useful! I love looking at process art for animation!Published on April 13, 2013 by Sykozombiechick