What are the best books about the art of animation?

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    #1The Art of Tangled

    The Art of Tangled

    The Art of Tangled is an art book by Jeff Kurtti. Published in 2010 by Chronicle Books, it features the concept art of the movie Tangled that is based from the fairy tale Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm.

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    Christine Elliott
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book covers the animation of Tangled. It is a very good book for those interested in the art of animation."
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    #2The Art of Up

    The Art of Up

    The Art of Up is an art book by Tim Hauser and Pete Docter. Published in 2009 by Chronicle Books, it features the concept art, character designs, and storyboards of the movie The Art of Up.

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    Keith Green
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The best book about the art of animation is The Art of Up by Peter Docter. The book contains more than 250 pieces of concept art developed for the feature, including storyboards, full-color pastels, digital and pencil sketches, character studies, color scripts, and more. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the all the artistic and technical work that went into making the movie."
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    #3The Art of Pixar

    The Art of Pixar

    The Art of Pixar is an art book by Amid Amidi. Published in 2011 by Chronicle Books, it features concept arts from Pixar's team of artists, writers, and directors over the past 25 years.

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    Nicole Alvarado
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I'm studying animation at my college. I needed to get the best book about the art of animation. My teacher recommended The Art of Pixar to me. It's an amazing book about the art of Pixar and the history behind the company by Amid Amidi. It features a TON of concept art from their movies, which is really inspiring. I LOVE this book. Highly recommended for all art and animation students!"
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    #4The Art of The Adventures of Tintin

    The Art of The Adventures of Tintin

    The Art of The Adventures of Tintin is an art book by Chris Guise and Weta Workshop. Published in 2011 by Harper Design, it features the concept art of the movie The Adventures of Tintin.

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    Phillip Webb
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Art of The Adventures of Tintin reminds everyone of that loveable old pooch. The art is the new books truly captures the essence of his character. He's still out to save the modern day! "
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    #5The Art of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Art of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Art of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an art book by Stephen Rebello and the Walt Disney Company. Published in 1997 by Disney Editions, it features the concept art of the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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    Theresa Fuller
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book with iconic imagery. I would definitely read it again."
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    #6The Art of The Incredibles

    The Art of The Incredibles

    The Art of The Incredibles is an art book by Mark Cotta Vaz with forewords from Brad Bird and John Lasseter. Published in 2004 by Chronicle Books, it features the concept art of the movie The Incredibles.

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    Willie Bryant
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This solution fits the topic very well. Not only does it directly answer the topic, but the subject of the solution is a very well known and very popular subject that many potential readers have grown up with and come to love."
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    #7The Art of Coco

    The Art of Coco

    The Art of Coco is an art book with introductions from Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, and a foreword by John Lasseter. Published in 2017 by Chronicle Books, it features the concept art of the movie Coco.

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    Lauren Lane
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This was a very enjoyable book to read. If you like the movie Coco, you'll love this behind the scenes look at the sketches and how the story line evolved over time. This is a great book to show to young people who are thinking about pursuing a career in art or animation. "
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    #8The Art of Cars 2

    The Art of Cars 2

    The Art of Cars 2 is an art book by Karen Paik, Ben Queen, Zach Hample, Stuart Miller, and the Pixar Animation Studios. Published in 2011 by Chronicle Books, it features the concept art of the movie Cars 2.

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    Louis Bell
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "this is a book about cars. if you are a car lover then you'll definitely love this one. This is a wonderful art book for the sequel of Cars. It's packed with sketches, storyboards, character designs, background drawings and also discarded concepts. There are plenty of new characters and a few bigger locations. "
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    #9The Art of Spirited Away

    The Art of Spirited Away

    The Art of Spirited Away is an art book that is translated by Yuji Oniki, edited by Alvin Lu, and with an introduction from Hayao Miyazaki. Published in 2002 by VIZ Media LLC, it features the concept art of the movie Spirited Away.

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    Socorro Martínez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I enjoyed this book. It has art that relates to the movie Spirited Away, which I like, and I like that it's a small book with a lot of enjoyment as well."
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    #10The Ballad of Rango: The Art & Making of an Outlaw Film

    The Ballad of Rango: The Art & Making of an Outlaw Film
    The Ballad of Rango is an art book by David S. Cohen and with an introduction from Gore Verbinski. Published in 2011 by Insight Editions, it features the concept art of the movie Rango.
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    Jose Schmidt
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book for anyone that wants to learn about character development as a cartoonist and see early sketches from a very visually interesting movie. I found "The Ballad of Rango: The Art & Making of an Outlaw Film" to do a wonderful job showing how animated films are made."
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    #11The Art of My Neighbor Totoro

    The Art of My Neighbor Totoro

    The Art of My Neighbor Totoro is a children's non-fiction sequential art manga created by Hayao Miyazaki and Nobuhiro Watsuki. It is based on the film Totoro. 

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    Gregory Stone
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Just pick this up and let your imagination run wild. It's about some children that finds a whole new fun and exciting world inside a tree trunk. I was so encased in this book that after i finished it i believed there was actually a world in a tree trunk . I just love the fantasy in this, it was just so realistic. "

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Best What are the best books about the art of animation
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Art of TangledBooks 44 Paid
2The Art of UpBooks 39 Paid
3The Art of PixarBooks 37 Paid
4The Art of The Adventures of TintinBooks 35 Paid
5The Art of The Hunchback of Notre DameBooks 34 Paid
6The Art of The IncrediblesBooks 30 Paid
7The Art of CocoBooks 27 Paid
8The Art of Cars 2Books 27 Paid
9The Art of Spirited AwayBooks 24 Paid
10The Ballad of Rango: The Art & Making of an Outlaw FilmBooks 20 Paid
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