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The Art of Tron: Legacy Hardcover – November 23, 2010

3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423131495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423131496
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 5, 2011
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The Art of Tron: Legacy is more of a visual companion than an art book. Whenever there's "art of" somewhere in the book title, it sets people up with certain expectations. This title definitely sets up the wrong type of expectation, at least to me.

About half the book is concept art and the other half is just film stills, and even if it's not exactly half, it feels that way.

Much of the concept art are actually the finalized designs. You won't see much iterations. It's like they nailed the design of the Light Cycle bike with the first try. Same applies for characters and environments. And the Light Jets are missing.

The selection of films stills included is also questionable, but I'm glad for the most part they look stunning visually, especially the ones that are showing more of the Tron world.

This book should still appeal to Tron fans. I'm not so hot about the book, but I've two colleages (fans of the film) raves about it.

As an art book, I'll give it 3 stars. As a visual companion or picture book, 4 out of 5 stars.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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The design work for T:L is impressive, but unfortunately very little of the concept design work leading up to the final product is in this. Almost all of the art appears to be the final approved pre-vis, but not the development sketches or alternate ideas.

Moreover, my favorite moments in the movie involve the fantastic light jets and light flyer at the end, but there is not a single sketch or screen shot of them. Seriously, I was flipping eagerly to the back of the book looking for them, and even checked the table of contents to see if maybe I had missed it, or the book was missing a section. Disappointing.
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Disney has pulled together some of the industries most talented artists to work on "Tron Legacy". The art work speaks for itself, the sketches, the 3d work, everything looks phenomenal and Tron: legacy is clearly going to be the most ground breaking film in years. Seeing Neville page's work was also a huge treat, I love his drawing and hearing he has ventured into 3d is truly exciting. Industrial design enthusiasts will love the work done on the vehicles as well. This is a must buy for any fan of tron or art in general.
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I'm not sure how the first reviewer gave this 1 star. Maybe he has a grudge against the makers this film? After reading some of his reviews, though, I can see why. Darned near everything he reviewed received a 1 star rating. Detect a pattern? A bit bizarre as this is a very good book with some very good art in it. There is also some super high quality 3d concept work in here is great as well. After being a bit disappointed with the art of Avatar book I'm much happier with this one. I would have liked to have seen more sketches but overall very satisfied.
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I own many "art of" books, mostly all the Pixar films, and a few others so I think I have something to compare to. I got this for myself and young son and we both have really enjoyed it. The images are detailed and beautiful to look at and the print quality excellent. And I like the diagrams and notes that go along with most sequences. Getting to see stills of scenes or sets that are often part of the movie action is great because it's hard to appreciate certain things in the middle of all the action.

There are several moderate length essays by the director, the original Tron director and the various production designers.

CLARIFICATION FOR THOSE DISAPPOINTED IN SO-CALLED LACK OF DRAWINGS: It was explained, more than once, that many of even the early ideas and sketches were done directly in 3D programs for a more efficient workflow, thereby allowing designers to actually hand off real files to the production houses after (Digital Domain mostly). Thus, when you read a complaint that most of what you see are just film stills, that's not really true. Though some early ideas were nearly film-ready, they were in fact "sketches", but done via 3D animation software. Where it was appropriate, like character design, you see more hand drawings, but it makes sense that objects and sets destined to be 3D CG would be iterated in the computer.

A few relatively minor criticisms: the binding is so-so. It looks good, but the feel of some of the pages opening fully just seems a little less than top quality.

I would have liked to see more done about what the various graphics in the movie actually meant (like what was the language and lettering all over the grid supposed to be). I'd also have like to see more of the identity disc info graphics discussed.
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How highly you rate this book depends on what you're looking to get out of an "Art of" book. Clearly there are differing opinions. Personally, I think it depends on the movie. As I was watching the movie, I wished I could get a better view of the vehicles, costumes, locations and overall art direction. The eye-candy was the reason I went to see the movie. And it did not disappoint. That's how I approached this book. I wanted to relive the visuals and really immerse myself in them. Sure, I would love to see more of the development process but they would have skimped on the immersive production illustrations that you get in this book. It's filled with many large double page spreads that they usually skimp on in other books to favor the earlier renderings and sketches. Don't get me wrong, it's not a visual companion. But the illustrations are as slick and as polished as the designs they represent. I was constantly impressed with the quality of the artwork and isn't that part of what an "Art of" book is supposed to do? A five star rating would have been given if the book were twice as thick and filled with all the conceptual ideas but that would have made for a cost-prohibitive book. If you want to appreciate the beauty of the movie's designs, you won't be disappointed. The only nit-picky downside is the printing. The pages are fingerprint magnets because of all the black.
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