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Brother Bear: A Transformation Tale [Hardcover]

H. Clark Wakabayashi
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Nov. 1 2003 Welcome Book

Rooted in the lore of Pacific Northwest culture, Brother Bear is a tale of the strong brotherhood between all living creatures. It is also about discovering the power of change in our world, whether it be the change from winter to spring, or from small to large, or the transformation of a boy to a man. This epic story combines humor and emotion with breathtaking images of nature and wildlife from a time long forgotten. Dazzlingly illustrated throughout in color and black and white, Brother Bear-A Transformation Tale, captures the remarkable warmth, dramatic story, and heartfelt humor of this visually stunning movie, as well as the behind-the-scenes brotherhood between the talented artists and ingenious technicians involved.


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AS co-director Aaron Blaise recalls, it was around the middle of 1997 that he first heard of the Walt Disney Studio's idea for an animated film with bears set in North America. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Look Oct. 21 2003
By Ross
Format:Hardcover
Not as fun as Lilo & Stitch's "Art Of" book, but very good, very informative. It's a more serious approach...as the film started out with a more serious story. This is detailed by the creators and writers as they recall the story problems that started plaguing the film, the lives of the team...how the directors were directing for the first time...
This book details the creative process very well, not technically, but emotionally, the process of bringing a story from idea to film. Along the way, we're treated to wonderful production art of the Pacific Northwest, mimicking the American painters of the frontier, but softed to a more impressionistic scale, almost...
Also included are storyboards, stills from the film. The book is very nicely built and designed. It's divided into 9 chapters: Introduction, Creation, Brotherhood, Mythmakers, Vision, Trial, Transformation, Wisdom, Epilogue...
If you collect these books (as I've started to do), are anticipating Brother Bear, or like Disney, this will be a nice addition to your collection. Though less whimsical than Lilo's book (and less whimsical than Lilo & Stitch, as a film), it's an insightful look into the world of cinematic animation...and it whets your appetite for the film itself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Slight to the Fine Artisans at Disney Dec 10 2003
By VG
Format:Hardcover
Owning many of Disney's feature film art books my comments are based solely on the format of this recent publication. Shrunken down to less than letter size paper for a broader appeal and obviously reduced pricing, Disney has cheapened what could have been a phenomenal addition to one's collection to yet another disposable. Great art reduced to the size of playing cards and thumbnails serves only to make one want more of the real thing. A bit too verbose for the core audience, the long winded story telling takes over leaving the too few but absolutely beautiful illustrations, inspirational sketches, animation tests & story boards so small that one can only do justice to the work with a magnifying glass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Feb. 26 2004
Format:Hardcover
Not only was I glad to see Watercolour backgrounds return to this film like seen in Lilo and Stitch, but it was a great to see lots of animals again (as seen in Lion King). The book was brilliant with artwork to drool over. I love these "art of" books, they're wonderful references.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GORGEOUS!!! Nov. 1 2003
Format:Hardcover
WOW!!! What a wonderful book! The artwork is AMAZING!!! If you're really into the art of animation, or are just a big fan of the movie itself, GET THIS BOOK!!! It's one of Disney's best 'art of' books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Look Oct. 21 2003
By Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Not as fun as Lilo & Stitch's "Art Of" book, but very good, very informative. It's a more serious approach...as the film started out with a more serious story. This is detailed by the creators and writers as they recall the story problems that started plaguing the film, the lives of the team...how the directors were directing for the first time...
This book details the creative process very well, not technically, but emotionally, the process of bringing a story from idea to film. Along the way, we're treated to wonderful production art of the Pacific Northwest, mimicking the American painters of the frontier, but softed to a more impressionistic scale, almost...
Also included are storyboards, stills from the film. The book is very nicely built and designed. It's divided into 9 chapters: Introduction, Creation, Brotherhood, Mythmakers, Vision, Trial, Transformation, Wisdom, Epilogue...
If you collect these books (as I've started to do), are anticipating Brother Bear, or like Disney, this will be a nice addition to your collection. Though less whimsical than Lilo's book (and less whimsical than Lilo & Stitch, as a film), it's an insightful look into the world of cinematic animation...and it whets your appetite for the film itself.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Slight to the Fine Artisans at Disney Dec 10 2003
By VG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Owning many of Disney's feature film art books my comments are based solely on the format of this recent publication. Shrunken down to less than letter size paper for a broader appeal and obviously reduced pricing, Disney has cheapened what could have been a phenomenal addition to one's collection to yet another disposable. Great art reduced to the size of playing cards and thumbnails serves only to make one want more of the real thing. A bit too verbose for the core audience, the long winded story telling takes over leaving the too few but absolutely beautiful illustrations, inspirational sketches, animation tests & story boards so small that one can only do justice to the work with a magnifying glass.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GORGEOUS!!! Nov. 1 2003
By Chaya J. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
WOW!!! What a wonderful book! The artwork is AMAZING!!! If you're really into the art of animation, or are just a big fan of the movie itself, GET THIS BOOK!!! It's one of Disney's best 'art of' books!
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly satisfied!! July 13 2014
By wook jin song - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Truly satisfied with the full of beautiful drawings and all!!
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars July 9 2014
By DdK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Too much text, not enough art.
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