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The Art of Monsters, Inc.

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  196 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The Art of Monsters, Inc. opens the door into Pixar's colorful archives of concept art and to the endearing story of Monsters, Inc. Since the very first bedtime, children around the world have known that once their parents tuck them into bed and shut off the light, monsters lie waiting behind closet doors, ready to emerge. But what they don't realize is that these monsters ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Chronicle Books
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This book is filled with plenty of character design and set drawings. You'll read no making of the movie. There are also no stills from the movie.

The collection of concept art is very colourful, especially the pastel drawings by Dominique Louis and Ralph Eggleston. Every panel drawn by them is a delight to look at.

A definite buy for any Pixar fan or if you're buying for kids.

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I LOVED this movie! But this book was a disappointment :(
I began reading The Art of.... books when I got into How to Train Your Dragon. Their art book was amazing! And they walked me through the whole process of their film production.
I'd hoped this book puld do the same, but all they did was show me concept art. I'm not saying the art was has its own style, but this a book and all I got was pictures. It was kinda boring and didn't tell me much. I never even saw how they really got to
Brian James
In my opinion, Monsters, Inc. is far and away the very best of Pixar's movies. Not only that, it's one of the most imaginative stories I've ever encountered in the way that it links our world with another ala Wonderland or Neverland or Oz. If you agree, than this insightful look about the development of that world is a must read.

This oversized picture book is exactly what the title says it is: the art of Monsters, Inc. Published in the book are dozens of sketches and concepts created by several
Zoe Blinko
Jan 06, 2013 Zoe Blinko rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Art enthusiasts, movie art collecters, fans of Pixar, fans of Monsters Inc
It is really hard to believe, that it has been nearly a matter of 12 years since Monsters Inc. was first released into cinemas worldwide. Pixar can be well acclaimed for genuinely a masterpiece of a film: a tearjerker and absolute pleasure to view. To accompany this film, as what accompanies many animated films in particular in this present day, Pixar complied a selection of beautiful artwork. This artwork, previously locked away in the privacy of the studios own archives, is truly too beautiful ...more
Sandy Swain
I love Pixar and animation concept art so of course I liked the book. I only gave four stars because it really left me wanting for more stories about the process of making the decisions about why to go with one concept vs another. Besides one very brief introduction there was really not much text besides a few captions. It did give me a bit more insight into how when designing the "Monster World" they kept in mind that the citizens of Monstropolis are many different shapes and sizes so things li ...more
Some pretty wacky stuff in this book! Monsters are so fun to draw and there's no restrictions on how they look like. Sulley and Boo went through a lot of character changes, Boo was even a boy at one point! The drawing of the Monster world were so fantastical and it would have been neat to see other parts of it in the movie instead of just downtown Monstropolis and the factory. My only disappointment was that there were not many storyboard pictures in the book. They're always a delight for me to ...more
Bianca Toloi
Compared to the others of this kind, I missed some more words about the process.
Art books that have lots of concept art are the best to inspire ideas and this book is one of the greatest. I especially like the use of color, lighting, character creation and pastel paintings. There is not a huge story to read here, but it definitely is fun.
Kelly K
The sketches in this book were phenomenal. It was so cool to see all of the different illustrations and the many many many ways that Sully changed before the final result.
لقد استمتعت حقا بكمية الرسوم لكن الكتاب ككل لا توجد به معلومات سوى بعض المقتطفات من هنا وهناك وكمية الصور تفوق التفاصيل بكثير، كتاب لا بأس به ليس سميكا جدا لكنه جيد في مجمله.
The Art of Monster, Inc. by Pete Doctor (2001)
Wonderful visual development and sketches. 5/5!
Inspiring hard work !!
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John Lasseter is an American animator, film director and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. He is also currently the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.
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