The Art Of the Incredibles by Mark Cotta VazThe Art Of the Incredibles by Mark Cotta Vaz

The Art Of the Incredibles

byMark Cotta VazIntroduction byJohn LasseterForeword byBrad Bird

Hardcover | August 15, 2004

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From Pixar Animation Studios, the Academy Awardwinning studio that brought us such blockbusters as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo, comes The Incredibles, a hilarious, action-packed story of a family of superheroes living an underground suburban existence. The sleekly designed settings and characters were conceptualized and developed by writer/director Brad Bird and Pixar's creative team of artists, illustrators, and designers, resulting in a celluloid sensation rich with detail. The Art of The Incredibles celebrates their talent, featuring concept and character sketches, storyboards, and lighting studies, and invites readers into the elaborate creative process of animation through interviews with all the key players at Pixar. With an 8-page gatefold and fabulous color art, this stunning bookthe only movie tie-in book for adultswill delight film-goers, artists, and animation fans alike.
Mark Cotta Vaz recently completed his 19th book, a biography of Merian C. Cooper, creator of King Kong which is scheduled to be published by Random House in 2005. Vaz's books on movie history include Industrial Light + Magic: Into the Digital Realm, which Brad Bird is the writer and director of The Incredibles. He most recently direct...
Title:The Art Of the IncrediblesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 11.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 inPublished:August 15, 2004Publisher:Chronicle BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811844331

ISBN - 13:9780811844338


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Great reference book for artist in the animation industry
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent book full of good examples of art work and storyboards. This book is packed full of great examples of work from the story team - concept drawings and details on how the story is pitched at the early stages of the project.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO looking forward to the sequel... As far as"Art of" books go, this is one of the better volumes that I've seen. The stylized character concept renderings demonstrate clearly that director Brad Bird knew all along what he wanted to achieve in this film. I can't wait for the inevitable sequel!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love the movie... you have to read this book! It's chalk full of information, tidbits, pictures, sketches and behind-the-scene looks. It will make you appreciate the movie so much more having seen the process it took to get to the finished product. This book is also heavy, solid and beautifully presented. A great coffee table edition that anyone would be interested in. Having read this one, I am also purchasing as many of the other "The Art of..." that I can find!
Date published: 2007-01-06

Editorial Reviews

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 ofeffort 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. - Publishers Weekly The Incredibles came to be in a three-dimensional idiom, not intending to simulate documentary reality but straddling a line between photorealism and cartoons. While you can sense from the film itself that these 3D figures are borne of cartoon archetypes, the actual evidence is here in the book: early drawings of Edna Mode, Bob Parr and Syndrome carry the textures and flourishes of the finished characters in the form of only of a few lines or snips of paper cut from magazines.The book is dominated by collages from character designer Teddy Newton; gouache drawings by Lou Romano, production designer; and pencil and marker drawings by animation supervisor Tony Fucile. Highlights for fans will surely include a 1998 drawing by Lou Romano depicting the whole Parr family. What's amazing about this unique image, drawn two years before the film went into production, is that four of five family members look virtually the same here as they do in the final film. Six years anda million story changes and yet these character designs haven't budged. There is also a complete color script from the film in a giant double foldout at the center of the book.With nearly all story references carefully eliminated, this becomes a picture book that, at least for those who haven't seen the film, can veer in many different directions. Sketches of abandoned characters and scenes share spreads with finely rendered cartoons that you might mistakenly think have been licensed back from the pages of The New Yorker. All told, in a season overflowing with movie tie-in literature, for any serious student of the art form, The Art of The Incredibles is a must-have. - Animation World Magazine "