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Art Of Spirited Away [Hardcover]

Hayao Miyazaki
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Aug. 25 2002 Spirited Away
The Art of Spirited Away collects colour illustrations of Spirited Away for the first time in an English edition! This book includes paintings and designs from the new animated film from the director of Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. Large-size, hardcover coffee-table book featuring artwork from the renowned animated film, Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Features commentary, colour stills, sketches, storyboards, and illustrations used to envision the rich fantasy world of the film. Also includes a complete English-language script.

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Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media. "

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5.0 out of 5 stars a Must Read for collectors' of Animation Dec 8 2002
This is a large book that will take more than one look to completely enjoy the scope of Spirited Away. The book opens up with a introduction by the Master himself, Hayao Miyazaki, a small picture of him, and a large sketch of Chihiro with her parents who were turned into pigs. Mr. Miyazaki strives to make animation accessible to everyone, which he is highly noted for. He tries to bring all viewers, no matter of age or locale into his extraordinary storytelling.
After the introduction is a large chapter on watercolor pencil sketches and concept art, this chapter is full of character, architecture, and design sketches. This chapter will blow you away, if you love concept art.
The next chapter is concept art but it is the actual art used in the movie; backgrounds, characters, and paintings of the scenes used. Also cel art is shown. It also has information on thoughts of the animators. Like one page discusses the "color design based on red", why red was used, what it symbolizes etc. This is a huge chapter, so it is broken down into pieces like the Bathhouse, The Frog Men, Haku etc. Each character or element is discussed.
The last chapter discusses computer generated art, its place in the making of the film, and how they created certain elements in the film. Remember every chapter is full of art and inspiration. The book is so well created, you can cut some of the art out and frame it!
Last but not least is the total script to Spirited Away! So you can follow along while you are watching the film.
Viz did a tremendous job on this book, and it will be a collectors item on your bookshelf!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artbook from Wonderland Oct. 2 2003
After watching "Spirited Away", I bought the art book companion as an impulse buy. However, now that I think about it, I find myself constantly turning through its pages, even more so than I watch the movie. Hayao Miyazaki created a masterpiece in "Spirited Away", set in a wonderland-esque realm - a Japanese Bath House for the gods and spirits of Japanese mythology. This guide takes its reader through the Miyazaki's creation with great artistic detail and intriguing notations and comments.
For those who have fallen in love with "Spirited Away", as I have, this book offers insight to the multi-layered plots and characters of the film. Readers are graced with early archetural diagrams and sketches of the film's settings, along with galleries of the breath-taking final products. Also, we are offered conceptual drawlings of the cast of characters, from the early images of Yubaba and her gigantic baby to some of the minor characters and apparitions: the No Face, the bouncing heads, Haku and the silver dragon, etc.
The art and designs are a treat for both young and old, whether you have seen the film or not. As an added bonus, the collection also offers the American screenplay dialogues and detailed descriptions of the Spirit World.
This is a must have for fans of the movie, fans of anime or fans of mythology and Asian folklore. Miyazaki's true gift is creating limitless images that spark the imagination. His work in this book rivals the original fantasies and concepts within Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass". There is nothing disappointing about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relive the movie through the art April 9 2003
Although I am not a big anime fan in general, I am a huge fan of Miyazaki Hayao's work. The highlight of his movies and comic books is usually the story itself, but in the case of Spirited Away, I think it would be fair to say that the sheer beauty and imagination of the film is just as amazing as the story itself.
For me, Spirited Away was by far the first, and to date only, animated movie that I could call visually stunning. The viewer, be he or she 5, 25, or 65 is as drawn into Miyazaki's world as the protagonist Chihiro is. This book allows you to revisit the movie through its art. Full of concept sketches, character designs, and backgrounds from the movie, this book also includes an introduction by Miyazaki himself as well as frequent commentary by the artists that worked on this film and even an explanation of some of the technology that helped make this such a visually appealing film. The book's price may seem a bit steep, but at around 250 full color, high quality pages I felt I more than got my money's worth.
There has been talk of Miyazaki retiring, but I hope this is not the case. With Spirited Away gaining such popular and critical acclaim in the United States, I hope he continues to work his magic for years to come, continuing to make his impression left not only on Japan, but to the global audience. With the increase in animation technology and the continuing strength of Miyazaki's imagination and storytelling power, it seems that the best is yet to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing Jan. 24 2004
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I ordered this item after seeing the movie cause I knew right off that it was going to be amazing, and I was correct. This guy is amazing! I hope that he comes out with lots more movies and art books that are just as great as Spirited Away. When reading and looking over this book it was like I was watching the movie all over again. But enough of my blabble, buy the movie and book, and you'll see for yourself just how amazing both really are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
If your a Miyazaki fan, then this is a book that you must own!
It's a pleasure to leaf through this book over and over again.
It's never tiring!
Published 7 months ago by Jean Laforest
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great!
The book is fantastic, shows great hand drawn pictures of landscapes and characters, lots of information. If you're an animator, illustrator, painter, drawer, what ever get this!
Published 17 months ago by brigit
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique!
Je ne regrette pas d'avoir acheté ce artbook de mon film préféré d'Hayao Miyazaki! je le recommande à tous ceux qui ont aimé se film !
Published 19 months ago by NiniDo
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY ASTOUNDING!!!
I am speechless, I really am. I've never felt more compelled to write a review until now. This book is, in two words, ESSENTIALLY HOT!!! Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by Sarizad Bin Mohd Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...
I love Miyazaki's original sketches for things. They are always have such a sweet and mysterious sense at the same time. And they are in such good detail. Read more
Published on June 10 2003 by Lindsey A.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Although I do have a few complaints about the book, I really liked it. Most of my complaints involved wanting more - more artist commentary, more concept drawings, that sort of... Read more
Published on June 8 2003 by M. Cookson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this is one incredible book!
Other anime never has moved me the way Miyazaki did. It is an emotional experience to see the art of Miyazaki. Those lucky few will have a chance to get this book!
Published on April 13 2003 by shinkansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Look At The Making of Spirited Away!
After buying this book and looking through it I found many interesting things about not only the making of the movie itself, but about the initial designs for many of the... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002 by raeyne
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
this is a gorgeous printing of the illustrations and cells of this most wonderful film.
Published on Dec 21 2002 by bloodnok
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