The Art Of Aardman:
The UK's Biggest animation studio turned 40 this year, and this cracking book takes a look through their extensive archive. Featuring original concept art and sketches, right up to finished models and sets this provides an insight into making the studio's films and series including Wallace and Gromit, Morph, Shaun The Sheep and Chicken Run. A must-have for fans of stop-motion animation.
Song Of The Sea Art Book
The films of Cartoon Saloon are unusual in that the finished films end up looking almost identical to their gorgeous concept art. This hardback book contains more than 1000 pieces of pre-production art from the stunning Oscar-nominated Song Of The Sea, complete with commentary from director Tomm Moore and his team. Available directly from Cartoon Saloon's store. or from Stuart NG books in the US.
The Art Of The Iron Giant
The film may have come out way back in 1999, but it took until this year for Brad Bird's classic 2D feature to finally get an artbook of its own. This takes a retrospective look at the making of the film, complete with new interviews, plus never published concept art, backgrounds storyboards and more. The perfect companion to the recently released Blu-Ray edition of this much-loved film.
The Art Of Zootopia/ The Art of Zootropolis
The undisputed star of this year's Disney fuzzy buddy movie was the titular city of Zootopia (or Zootropolis in some markets) itself. Which makes the artbook- giving you an insight into all the amazing world-building and high-concept design work in this movie- particularly appealing.
The Art Of Princess Mononoke
Viz have published English-language translation of the Art Of Studio Ghibli books for more than a decade- and they are all must-have for fans. This one focussed on Hayao Miyazaki's 1997 classic Princess Mononoke has been recently rereleased just in time for the film's upcoming 20th anniversary and is no exception. Packed with concept art, promotional art, storyboards and production diaries.
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