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The Art of Monster, Inc. [Hardcover]

John Lasseter , Pete Docter
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Oct. 15 2001 The Art of
The Art of Monsters, Inc. opens the door into Pixar's colorful archives of concept art and to the endearing story of Monsters, Inc. Since the very first bedtime, children around the world have known that once their parents tuck them into bed and shut off the light, monsters lie waiting behind closet doors, ready to emerge. But what they don't realize is that these monsters scare children because they have to. It's their job. This superb film from Pixar Studios, the people who brought you Toy Story, A Bug's Life , and Toy Story 2 , reveals the truth about monsters with the brilliant techniques that have earned them their reputation as a ground-breaking animation studio. This incredible body of artwork was commissioned from the top artists, illustrators, and animators in the industry and from it the ultimate visual approach of the film was defined. From sketches scribbled on napkins and quickly inked marker drawings, to finished oil paintings and fabulous pastel color scripts, this behind-the-scenes artwork reveals the elaborate creative process behind a blockbuster film.

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This book gives us an over-the-shoulder peek, with some spectacular artwork that deserves to be seen, admired, and kept. -- Animation World Magazine, January 3, 2002

About the Author

John Lasseter is Pixar Animation Studios's executive vice-president of creative and the director of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 2. He most recently served as the executive producer of Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, and is currently executive producer of The Incredibles.

Pete Docter has been with Pixar Animation Studios since 1990. He is the director of Monsters, Inc.

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Monsters may creep out of our closets, but they don't live there. Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly enough! Nov. 8 2001
I was truly dissapointed after cracking open a recent order of "The Art of Monsters Inc." Previous editions of the Pixar Legacy have overflowed with good stuff. Unfotunately this volume only skims the surface of what surely rests in the vaults. (Quite possibly Pixar might not like us to know what goes on behind the scenes.)
Liken it to the out of print "Before the Animation Begins: The Art of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists". But without the zest of Tengren and others. (Carter Goodrich lends some marvelously different takes on the monster feeling.)
The multitude of pastel mood pieces are lively and beautifully done but overall this book lacks the superflous character development and animation insight of it's predecessors.
I will eagerly await a follow-up volume that might come remotely close to The Arts of Bugs Life and Toy Story. PLEASE!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Illustrated monsters Nov. 19 2001
In recent years everytime a major animated film, particularly those associated with Disney, is released a flood of products overwhelms the consumer market. This is not however your typical 'making of' or 'behind the scenes' look at "Monsters Inc.". I'm certain that if it is not already out there it will soon follow if that is what you're looking for. This book is unique, especially since the movie is 3-D rendered computer animation, because it is not filled with wire-frames, and storyboards, and studio character layouts. This book is more about inspiration. The vast amount of illustrations are beautiful, whimsical, and as varied as the imagination itself. I thouroughly enjoyed this book as a lover of cartoons, of paintings, of drawings, and of monsters of all kinds. I highly reccomend it to children of all ages and art lovers everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for any animator. Nov. 30 2002
What's surprising is that in this book there is hardly any screenshots or CG graphic art. But that's what makes the book great! It really proves that computer does not dominate in the animation industry; everything is still from sketches and traditional works. The book filled with great works from Eggleton (director of "For the Bird") and many other amazing script illustrators. The only thing that is disappointing is that most of the images are already available in the Monsters Inc. DVD. Overall, no animator should miss this book! Don't want to miss those amazing prints!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition to a Pixar classic Dec 3 2003
This book is full of wonderful, imaginative illustrations that show the time and effort that was placed into Monsters Inc. The numerous different illustrators that have provided work make this collection of images a delight. There is very little text and explanation to go along with the images, but this is exactly what I was looking for. Its interesting to see how many changes the characters appearances went through to reach the final animated film. A definite buy for any fan of Pixar.
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