Has anyone got any info on this book? It is available for pre-order on Amazon and it sounds like it's going to be awesome, but I haven't head anything about it. (Not even a cover image yet.)
Walt Disney Animation Studios The Archive Series: Story (Hardcover)
Product Description With an introduction by John Lasseter and very little else in the way of words, this first book in The Archive Series lavishly showcases the most brilliant story artwork created by such luminaries as Bill Peet, Don DaGradi, Joe Rinaldi, Roy Williams, Ub Iwerks, Burny Mattison, and Vance Gerry for films ranging from Steamboat Willie and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Alice in Wonderland and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The art will be displayed in its full glory with all the notes, flaws, and hole-punches that were so much a part of the story development process. Featuring the best examples of story artmany never published before as well as some pieces by unidentified artists, Story will be a must-have art book for collectors, artists, and Disney fans.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Disney Editions (October 7, 2008)
224 pages of classic Disney story art?? Yes, please. And the best part about it is that it's going to be a series! Sweeeet!
These are great. You can buy them here for $165 each. Eric is extremely talented - check out his blog here. (He's also got Indiana Jones posters in the same style! Old school indy, not refrigerator-monkey-alien-Indy.) I'm off to the Sketchcrawl up by Crissy Field and Fort Point. Hope it's nice and cool up there...
If you've seen the film, you were likely impressed by the incredible 2D opening for Kung Fu Panda done by James Baxter. If you'd like to watch a streaming version of the opening, click here. For all you animation nuts out there, Kevin Koch of the Synchrolux blog has been kind enough to create a quicktime file that you can frame-by-frame through.
When this animation first came up on screen it basically took my breath away. I haven't seen something handdrawn that looked this great in quite a long time. The closest thing would probably be the animated bits in Enchanted, (also by James Baxter), but those had the classic Disney look to them and the KFP opening is something completely different. It feels a bit like anime, a bit like Sin City, and a bit like some crazy Chinese graphic novel written by a Disney animator. Absolutely beautiful design, textures, animation, and hilarious writing.
Anyone have any knowledge about the actual production process involved with this project? I'm gonna go ahead and say it looks like full hand drawn animation that was then brought into photoshop and painted frame by frame. Though there are some bits that could possibly be toon shaded 3D work. And other stuff looks like plain old Flash or After Effects cutout style.
You may also notice that in the "Art of" book there are a bunch of unused designs for Tai Lung's army. I'm happy to see that they ended up here in the opening sequence because the designs carry over so well in this 2D style. Also, the book has the storyboards for this entire sequence - they are quite faithful to the final movie.
I have assembled 30 or so still shots from the opening, quite fun to look at. The opening goes so fast (but what a glorious 2 minutes and 28 seconds) that the still frames really let you absorb the design. Enjoy:
Edit: The end credits, produced by Shine and Baxter, are available here. They're great as well!
(They use the flag as a wipe for the next shot - how cool is that??)
(Awesome character designs by Nico Marlet here.)
(Maybe you should chew...ON MY FIST!)
(I love this frame.)
(Look! The bodies make faces!)
(Nice clouds and color!)
Ahhh, great stuff. Rumor has it that there is a 2D Kung Fu Panda short in the works at Baxter's studio. We'll see when the DVD is released.
The ASIFA animation archive just posted some images from a Mary Blair book I've never seen before called, "Baby's House." I assume that's supposed to be a Raggedy Ann Doll but it really looks like a dismembered child shoved in a box. And look at that creepy rabbit and the expression on the teddy bear's face. (The other images are great, you should go look.)
Amazon is having a "Big DVD Sale" (creative name) and I wanted to let everybody know that you can pick up the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1, 2, and 4 for just $29.95. These are usually $65 new. (Don't know why 3 and 5 arent being offered.) Each collection is packed with 4 full discs of some of the best cartoons ever made...what are you waiting for?!
So Kung Fu Panda blew me away. I saw an early screening of it here at the Metreon in San Francisco last Tuesday with a bunch of my animator friends and everyone enjoyed it. The story is very strong, the characters are likable, the design is beautiful, and it's the perfect blend of comedy and drama. The voice acting is great - Jack Black is terrific as Po and Dustin Hoffman pulls off Shifu with ease.
I bought the "Art of" book a week ago and it is awesome. Highly recommended. Beautiful art from Nico Marlet, the character designer.