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The Art Of the Incredibles Hardcover – Aug 12 2004

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (Aug. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811844331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811844338
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 3.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After almost 20 years in the vanguard of computer animation, Pixar Animation Studios (home of Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo, among others) is releasing another technological wonder, The Incredibles. Brad Bird, who made The Iron Giant and is described by Pixar executive producer John Lasseter as "the ultimate geeky animation fan," dreamed up the story of the Parrs, a family of superheroes who have been forced by law to stop using their powers and live normally, sort of, until a vengeful supervillain emerges and kidnaps the father. The book describes the long process that went into making Bird’s ideas a reality, with accompanying art showing the project’s design at all its stages. Short interviews with Bird and his animation crew reveal the collaborative work and innovation necessary to produce a computer-generated feature focusing on humans, which are much harder to depict realistically than, say, angelfish. As the supervising technical director says, "the level of effort it takes to have the Parr family sit down to dinner is comparable to having Bob pick up a bus and throw it through a wall." It’s fascinating to see the various images created in advance of the computer illustrations; on any given page, one can find the initial collages, sketches and, in some cases, digital effects that hint at how the movie comes to life. If Pixar’s track record holds, The Incredibles will be a major hit, but even if it isn’t, graphic arts fans and those interested in finding out how such impressive productions are realized will enjoy this inside glimpse at the movie’s making.
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This Christmas, what promises to be the latest in Pixar's unbroken string of smash-hit digital animation features will be released--The Incredibles. The movie depicts a family of superheroes--paunchy, middle-aged dad; domesticated mom; and three kids--forced to go underground when the government outlaws them. Director Brad Bird envisioned the film as a tribute to the comic books and TV shows of his 1960s youth. As this handsome book shows, he has given The Incredibles a look that celebrates mid-twentieth-century American design, including the era's conception of how the future--our present--would appear. Bird, whose background is in hand-drawn animation--he directed the undersung The Iron Giant--has, with the help of Pixar veterans, made a smooth transition to the computerized medium. This attractively designed book features hundreds of conceptual drawings, character designs, storyboards, and other illustrations, plus enlightening, behind-the-scenes commentary from the movie's creators. Libraries wherever tie-in books to such Pixar blockbusters as Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. have proved popular should prepare for similar demand for this latest volume. Gordon Flagg
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2009
Format: Hardcover
There's a lot of different artistic style in the book. When Brad Bird came to Pixar, he brought with him his team of artists, those that had worked with him on The Iron Giant.

Each artist produced concept art using different materials and style. There are collage, gouache, digital, marker, acrylic and pastel. Each drawing generates ideas and inspiration. You'll have no idea the movie was created for art so varied. There are no rendered stills from the movie.

The book touches mainly on character design and artistic direction of the movie.

If you want the process of creating The Incredibles, you'll want to grab the DVD instead. There are pretty comprehensive behind the scenes included in the DVD.

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning book April 20 2007
By Anthony D Ravenscroft - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw _The Incredibles_ in the theatre, & was blown away. When it came out on DVD, I bought it immediately, & have since watched it three more times, something I've done with only a few other films of any sort.

After sitting through that delightful & well-crafted rollercoaster, what stood out most in memory was the artwork in the closing credits. And when I watched the Features & noted the artwork tacked to the walls in the studio, I needed to find out more.

The heroes of this film, for me, are the artists who created apparently most of those angular saturated-color "sketches," Lou Romano (primarily responsible for the closing-credits illustrations) & Teddy Newton (whose techniques of creating "sketches" & panels from cut-out bits of photographs). Between them, they seem to have provided half of what's in the book.

The book looks pricey until you realize that it's entirely on heavy gloss paper. I entirely recommend this to artists of any stripe (advertising, fine arts, computer rendering) & to digital renderers from programmers to detailers -- this shows you what you start with & some tantalizing little bits of evolution. And, it's simply a great bit of fun & visually amazing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Art. Perfect for any Pixar fan. Oct. 3 2016
By Joseph D Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic Book. Great for inspiration and also just to see the behind the design process of one my favorite movies.

Book came in perfect condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Feb. 9 2005
By T. Hooper - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, if you love the movie, you just have to get this book. It's a beautiful companion to the film. It's filled with beautiful full-color art from the production of The Incredibles. This art is strongly influenced by 60's era design principles. There is a smooth simplicity to the designs. Also, the use of color is a joy to see. For those who are looking for art from the process of animation, you might be disappointed, because there is none. You wouldn't want to look at process art for computer animation anyway. You'd just see a bunch of cubes and spheres on a computer screen. This book is for those who relish the dream that occurs in the formation of the story and in the development of character and scene designs. To see this pre-production art is an inspiration, and gives insight into what might have been, and how it had developed in the early stages of production. As for text, there isn't much, and a little more would be better. Hopefully we'll get more in depth info on the bonus disk of The Incredibles DVD. In the meantime, all Incredibles fans should pick up this beauty.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Oct. 4 2016
By Francisco - Published on Amazon.com
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very very nice product
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots and lots of fun Dec 4 2004
By Jamie Jamison - Published on Amazon.com
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_The Art of The Incredibles_ is a lot of fun, it's even more fun after you've seen the movie and can read this book to learn about how they did what they did and why they made the artistic choices they made. The descriptions of the creative process and the drawings showing the evolutions of the concepts and characters in the movie are fascinating and often amusing (such as the various conceptions of the character of Edna Mode). If you're a fan of the movie you'll really love this book.