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Not exactly what I expected, but still a really good book.
on January 9, 2014
So, it kind of pains me to not give this 4 or 5 stars since I adore Frozen. But I really just couldn't go higher than 3.
Alright, so, this isn't going to be a review based on the movie (which was excellent, but I'm sure if you're looking at this book, you're a fan of the film).
This book is more about the environment, backdrops, and color choices as well as commentary from the people who worked on the movie. So if you're really interest in learning about the inspirations behind the film and learning about the castles, interiors of buildings, and Elsa's ice castle, this is a perfect book.
However, I was on the other end of the spectrum. I got this book because I wanted to learn more about the character designs and see concept art for costuming and characters. I also wanted to see pictures of the finished models. Overall....I really was just hoping for more pages on the characters and costume breakdowns. Unfortunately, there's more concept art of characters floating around on the internet than there actually are in the book. For instance, the pencil drawings of Elsa's different expressions. I was greatly disappointed there were only 2 of those drawings in this book. And there wasn't a costume breakdown on Elsa'a ice dress. And there was only a single picture of her coronation gown, which was really sad as I would have liked to see a breakdown of it.
So if you're hoping this book is heavy on character art, it's not. You're a bit better off just pulling images from google.
Okay, despite all that...the concepts behind the environments and buildings are amazing. I really enjoyed looking over the interior designs and hearing about the color choices and being able to see all the little details. So if that's something you're more interested in, this book would be absolutely perfect. And even though I was disappointed at the lack of character related stuff, I still really liked this book. It's beautiful and there's a lot of insight as to what went into the movie. Any Disney fan, Frozen fan, artbook fan, or animation fan will be happy to have this book in their collection.