This book shows you the process from beginning to end, but unfortunately left out much of the middle. There are many rudimentary b&w sketches, then the next thing you knew, the characters are fully rendered, colored and lighted. Plenty about the concept and storyboarding and script (the entire script!) and which screw fits where and what material Aki's shoulder pads are made of, but heck, I don't care about that! I went to see this movie for the astounding CGI, and I bet everyone left the theater thinking, "How did they do that?" THAT'S what I want to see - the phenomenal artistry of this movie. This book gives you none of that. It's like, here's the concept, and look here - Bam! We have the final product. Wowee, isn't it so amazing how this little line sketch here has turned into this grand scene in the movie? Amazing, aren't we?
Hello?!What happened in between?
There are a few peeks here and there of how the artists drew and evolved the art, but the pictures were small and not much was devoted to this, very unfortunately. And for a picture book of this quality, I was surprised to see what poor quality graphics they had for some of the b&w pictures - you can actually count the pixels.
Anyhow, it was disappointing. After reading it, my question of "How the heck did they do that?" remains unanswered. The only saving grace of this book is a little outtake at the end - the whole crew doing a Britney Spears routine. I got a chuckle out of that.