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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (Sept. 26 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452128359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452128351
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Art of Boxtrolls by Philip Brotherton is the perfect accompaniment to this Fall's must-see animated adventure." Laura-Beth Cowley; Skwigly.co.uk

About the Author

Philip Brotherton is art director at LAIKA Entertainment. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Travis Knight is LAIKA's president and CEO as well as lead animator on LAIKA's first feature, Coraline , and producer and lead animator on both ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls .

Anthony Stacchi was co-director for Sony Pictures Animation's Open Season . He served as head of story, as storyboard artist, and as an animator for projects including Antz , Spirit , James and the Giant Peach , Frankenstein , and Curious George .


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Sept. 28 2014
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:36 Mins
The Art of The Boxtrolls is a pleasing companion artbook to Laika's third stop-motion film. There are plenty of pre-production art for the characters, sets and a substantial amount of text talking about the film making process.

The film is actually adapted from Alan Snow's Here Be Monsters! children book. For those who've read the book before, you might find it a bit more interesting to see how the characters are designed and made into stop-motion characters.

Michel Breton's design of old Europe and the houses on the sloping streets of Cheesebridge are delightful to look at. Art direction is driven by production designer Paul Lasaine and art director Curt Enderle.

Those who enjoy finding out how stop-motion films are made should find the text quite insightful. It takes about the challenges during production, such as creating the puppets, armature, costumes and the sets. There are many details that a director has to take note of and the book reveals a bit of those. Designers also talk about the little details such as props that don't draw attention to themselves.

I had thought everything in the film was physically made but in fact several sets such as the buildings in the background are actually computer generated.

My only gripe is there should have been more photos of the puppets because they look terrific. Readers expecting more behind-the-scenes photos would be disappointed but I feel the plethora of concept art do make up for it. This is a 160-page hardcover.

Ultimately, it's a satisfactory companion and a book I can recommend to fans of the film.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 28 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice artbook companion to the film Sept. 28 2014
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Art of The Boxtrolls is a pleasing companion artbook to Laika's third stop-motion film. There are plenty of pre-production art for the characters, sets and a substantial amount of text talking about the film making process.

The film is actually adapted from Alan Snow's Here Be Monsters! children book. For those who've read the book before, you might find it a bit more interesting to see how the characters are designed and made into stop-motion characters.

Michel Breton's design of old Europe and the houses on the sloping streets of Cheesebridge are delightful to look at. Art direction is driven by production designer Paul Lasaine and art director Curt Enderle.

Those who enjoy finding out how stop-motion films are made should find the text quite insightful. It takes about the challenges during production, such as creating the puppets, armature, costumes and the sets. There are many details that a director has to take note of and the book reveals a bit of those. Designers also talk about the little details such as props that don't draw attention to themselves.

I had thought everything in the film was physically made but in fact several sets such as the buildings in the background are actually computer generated.

My only gripe is there should have been more photos of the puppets because they look terrific. Readers expecting more behind-the-scenes photos would be disappointed but I feel the plethora of concept art do make up for it. This is a 160-page hardcover.

Ultimately, it's a satisfactory companion and a book I can recommend to fans of the film.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic, beautiful artbook Sept. 29 2014
By A. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic, beautiful artbook. It has tons of concept art, character designs, photos of the puppets, and other development shots. Lots of thoughtful commentary on the development process. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who collects this sort of book, or any fan of Laika!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Art of Boxtrolls Kindle Edition Oct. 21 2014
By C. Lutes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First let me say that this is a great art of book for an absolutely gorgeous film and everyone who loved the movie should seek out this book. However, I was disappointed at the resolution of many of the image files in the kindle edition. Typically I would go for the print edition but in my large collection of "Art of" books the one glaring flaw is that page layout dictates that some images are often printed far too small. I was hoping a digital edition of the book would remedy that problem but hopefully this is something they can improve in future digital art of books.

Note to the publisher- I have seen several reviewers comment on the lack of pictures of the puppets from the film. I would like to draw your attention to the other art department that was neglected even more than the puppet fabricators; the storyboard artists. Disappointingly there is only one partial storyboard scene included in the entire book. I love the decision to include so much character design and production design work in the book but I hope there is a little more storyboard work included in the future even if it comes at the expense of some of the text.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful artwork, great "behind the scenes" information Oct. 27 2014
By achillen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful artwork, great "behind the scenes" information. Can't believe the work that went into producing this film. Highly recommend for all ages.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect companion for those who want to more about the ... Oct. 27 2014
By writegirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gorgeous and inspiring! A perfect companion for those who want to more about the art and development behind the film's design.


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