The Art of Toy Story 3 (Pixar Animation)

        Category: Book Reviews The art of | Article posted on: May 16, 2011

Another in “Art of Pixar” books, this detailed look into the creation of the third and final installment of the “Toy Story” series shares the artwork and experiences of the incredible animators who made it all happen. “Toy Story” is the cornerstone of Pixar’s cannon of blockbuster animated films, and, while the book will focus on the art of Toy Story 3, it discusses all three films and their development. A true celebration of a classic, groundbreaking series, this is sure to appeal to a wide range of Pixar and animation fans. It includes text by veteran animation writer, Charles Solomon.

There are 176 pages, 16 more pages that previous Pixar art books. You’ll see new toys, colour scripts, storyboards, sculptures, sketches and some photographs. Some pieces of art from Toy Story 2 were also included. Many pieces of art are digitally created, which is how it’s done these days. It doesn’t take away anything though, the art is still good. Colour studies from Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo are beautiful, just like the one on the cover. And so are all the art from other artists.

The writeup is marvelous. There so much more to read compared to previous Pixar art books. I can see Author Charles Soloman has talked to a lot of people and done some good research. The commentary is filled with lots of quotes from the staff, interesting stories and insight into Toy Story. You’ll read about the legacy of Toy Story, the updates to this movie, story sequences, the characters and other details right down to how Andy’s neighbour decorates his lawn.

For the most part, the commentary is really about the plot and the characters. Nuances and deliberations to every story decisions are explained. Many of the ideas translated to screen are actually from personal life experiences. This film is clearly a piece of love for everyone who worked on it and you’ll feel that love and level of commitment on every page you read.


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