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Tarzan Chronicles (Welcome Book) Hardcover – June 30, 1999

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For its latest animated feature, instead of adapting a fairy tale, legend, or myth, Disney has chosen the relatively modern story of Tarzan. As it did with the heroes of its other recent movies, the studio focuses on the alienation of adolescence in its Tarzan, who no longer belongs with the apes who raised him but doesn't fit in with the humans who invade his jungle home. The book tie-in to the movie recounts how the filmmakers faced the challenge of developing a new version of the character strong enough to overcome the vivid adult image of Tarzan made pervasive by Johnny Weissmuller and his live-action-movie successors. Besides hundreds of color and black-and-white illustrations, from early conceptual drawings through production stills, the volume features excerpts from diaries kept by the movie's creators, including sketches from a safari the animators went on to research the film's African setting. This handsome coffee-table book should join its fellow Disney tie-ins (e.g., The Art of Mulan ) on library shelves. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Series: Welcome Book
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; First Edition edition (June 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786864036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786864034
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.1 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a student of animation and have enjoyed the art form for a long time. This has led me to collect just about every "Art of" animation book ever published (much to my wife's dismay), but this one is clearly one of the best.
First of all, the visuals are fantastic (as they should be for this type of book). Glen Keane is a master, and any insight into his conceptual art and rough sketches are a real treat! However there is so much more than I have seen jammed into one of these books in quite some time. Sure, other books have storyboards, character development drawings, conceptual art, model sheets, backgrounds, production art, etc., but the quality and quantity of the art in this book is top-notch.
Second, Howard Green does a nice job with the textual additions too. The inclusion of diary / journal entries written during the film's production was also a masterful touch, and really added to the overall "behind the scenes" feeling of the book.
Finally, the production quality of the book itself is impressive. The organization is clean (considering the amount of content involved), the two-page spreads and fold-outs are very nice, and the little things (such as the paper choice for each section introduction) provide an added touch. A fine addition to anyone's library.
Certainly, if you like the movie (or any animated feature), you will cherish this book. I highly recommend it!
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If you're a fan of seeing the inner workings of animated films, this book is a must-have. From Tarzan's supposed musculature from the development of Deep Canvas, this book is a comprehensive look at the creative process of "Tarzan." Complete with gorgeous fold out pages and liner notes, it's a great treat for fans of Tarzan or animation in genera.

I purchased this as a present for my best friend, and he absolutely adored it. The book was in excellent condition with no real discernible wear or tear. I definitely need to get a copy for myself!
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By A Customer on June 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Rarely does an "Art of" book capture the true essence of every aspect of an animated film. In this case, Howard Green guides us through the very thought processes of the animators so that we can not only observe the progression of the animation drawings, but we can also feel the development of the characters themselves. What many people don't fully understand is how the animators truley capture the character of the voice talent into the animated drawings. It is Disney's ability to capture these characters that has set Disney animated films apart from the competition for decades and which has created so many timeless classics. The Tarzan Chronicles is one of the first books to ever truly capture this process. It is a joy to follow along. In addition to the value of the content, this is one of the most beautifully crafted animation books ever created. It is sure to entertain and educate anyone who picks it up.
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By TP on April 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this book! I do own quite a few art of disney books, and this one is awesome! I've always loved the tarzan movie, and disney in general. So I wanted to see how they created the movie. This book has a ton of character sketches, commentary from the animators, and voice actors, as well as Phil Collins (wrote the music). It explains some of the processes, and has pictures as well as sketches from when the animators went to the Jungle. So if you love Disney, and the process of their movies, are an animator, or just love art in general, then i'm sure you'll love this book as much as I do!
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Format: Hardcover
I am a 3D Animator... And I've read alot of books. But... This book keeps the visual candy unlimited! The reference in this book is excellent. It takes the reader through the beginning to the end of how Disney Brought Tarzan to life as described in the original book by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The screenshots, sketches, paintings, backgrounds, storyboards... are about as good as they get in this book. A definate must have.
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By A Customer on June 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I went completely ape over the "Tarzan Chronicals" by Howard Green. The text intermixed with the pictures extremely well. The book and the CD are a good substitute for the movie. In checking to see what else Green has written, I found he will have another book due in July. I can't give it 5 stars, but if you want to know how many stars I can give it, look up in the sky at night.
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By A Customer on June 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It's an o.k. book, but I would have preferred to see more info. with the animators. A book like "Aladdin: The making of an animated film" has two to three times as much info. on the animators and their approach than this book has and this book is twice as long. To my knowledge, there wasn't even a mention that the character design of Jane was based on the "Gibson girl". This is just an example of the lack of exposure given to the actual artistic work done. This book mostly chronicles the tumultuous story process that it took to create this movie. It goes into far too much detail about this. Also spends too much time discussing Phil Collins, the voice actors, and the research in Africa. I wanted to hear a lot more from Glen Keane, Ken Duncan and the rest of the animators.
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