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The Little Prince: The Art of the Movie Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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“This book looks and feels like a piece of art in and of itself, while also providing a great deal of behind the scenes information you couldn’t get otherwise.” - Adventures in Poor Taste
“It’s a book about process: how they designed the characters, the settings, the color schemes, and (eventually) the entire, remarkable world of this very special film.” - Flavorwire Gift Guide
“Anyone with an interest in animation and how movies are made absolutely needs to have this art book in their library. Anyone who simply likes to look at beautiful things can’t go wrong either.” - VG Blogger
“The landscapes conjured by director Mark Osborne and his team are imaginative delights” - The Film Stage
“This tome is loaded with concept art, stills, storyboards, character design sketches, and much more. And it’s not just a picture book, often noting how the process impacted the final product.” - Roger Ebert.com
“Fans of The Little Prince and just animation in general should definitely pick this book up.” - Retrenders
“Truly, truly excellent.” - Artbook Passion
“Anyone with an interest in animation and how movies are made absolutely needs to have this art book in their library. Anyone who simply likes to look at beautiful things can’t go wrong either. It’s both fascinating and inspiring to read about the movie-magic tricks that were used to bring texture, lighting, effects, and different styles of movement to the stop-motion sequences, and to see the process of how a single scene comes together, from painting, to storyboard, to color script, to final render, right before your eyes. The care and passion that went into bringing The Little Prince from book to the Hollywood stage jumps off of every page. If the art book is an accurate indication, moviegoers are in for a marvelous treat.” - VG Blogger gift guide
About the Author
Ramin Zahed is the former editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles-based publication Animation Magazine. He has been covering the animation and visual effects industry for over fifteen years. Before joining Animag, he was senior editor at Daily Variety and PBS. His articles on different areas of the entertainment business have also appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Wired, and Emmy Magazine. His recent books on animation include The Art of Home, The Art of Rise of the Guardians and The Art of Puss in Boots.
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This art book is one of the best that I own, there's so much included in there in regards to development, behind the scenes and the characters. A lot of artbooks often have text but this one just has so much art, it's very diverse and whimsical. The book itself is printed very high quality and has a gloss spot cover. If you love The Little Prince you definitely need this.
I love the textural look and feel to the movie and artworks. They even used a combination glossy emboss and rough textured surface for the title and art on the cover. More specifically, I like that they have included artworks that were created with all sorts of medium. There are pencil sketches, digital paintings, 3D renders, sculptures, watercolour and the stop-motion puppets created from paper.
The book is packed with lots of beautiful artworks and insightful commentary that talks about the design, story and characters. There's lots to read. The character designs are lovely. There are even sketches from character designer Peter de Seve. Lou Romano from Pixar is also one of the main artists that contributed to the unique look and style of the film. Production designer is Celine Desrumaux. Alexander Juhasz contributed many of the watercolour artworks.
While the first half of the book has more digital art, the second half features more traditional art, e.g. sketches, handmade models. While the art may come in different styles, they do feel cohesive in terms of design. It's interesting to see how the same character can look like in pencil, 3D and as a puppet.
This book reminds me of how much I like artbooks for stop-motion films, such the ones for Fantastic Mr. Fox, Frankenweenie and Pirates!.
Overall, it's an insightful and beautiful book that I recommend to the fans and artbook lovers. It lets you look at the creative process behind the film and hopefully be inspired by it.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)