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The Art of Bolt

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Meet Bolt: dashing super-dog, loyal companion, star of a hit television show. This heartfelt Disney computer-animated film follows Bolt on a cross country journey as he learns his entire life has been fakeand discovers he doesn't need super powers to be a hero. The Art of Bolt is a beautiful collection of more than 250 pieces of concept art created for the film, including ...more
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published October 29th 2008 by Chronicle Books
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I was quite pleasantly surprised by this Art Of book. I went into it with not very high expectations, most likely because straight-up fantasy art, the more epic the better, speaks to me more. However, the renderings of small town, big city, and cross-country America were beautiful. They also did a fantastic job of talking about the movie and certain aspects of its making without overdoing it. A nice blend of art and text.

Oh, and it does help that I adore Bolt. It's such an underrated movie.

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Bolt is one of the movies John Lasseter supervises in Disney, after coming over from Pixar. He starts to book off with a foreword that explains the artistic style Disney is trying to achieve — 2-D painted backgrounds. Throughout the book, there are snippets on the way John has helped the team.

In this book are character designs, storyboards, digital paintings, sculptures and colour studies. The captions from the staff explain the challenges faced when creating th
This book has beautiful examples of the level of craftmanship and skill that went into the visual aspect of this animated film. The backgrounds are gorgeous, but as with many 3D animated films, the charm and spice of the 2D preproduction characters design aren't quite continued through to the finished versions, which seem too softened and fluffy.
I could spend ages looking at the painterly details of the backgrounds and set-ups, feeling both deflated and inspired by what the artists achieved.
I loved the movie so i had to read the art book.

Miss Clark
A lot of lovely sketches, digital paintings, etc.
Sep 23, 2011 Alice rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Thick, glossy pages filled with lush artwork - concept sketches, digital art, storyboards - from Disney's Bolt alongside commentary from the people who brought it to our screens. Nearly every page saw me emit an involuntary squeal at the cuteness of Bolt, Rhino and Mittens.

I'll be happy if I never have to see the word 'painterly' again, though.
Cute and informative, with good artwork, but very little text (what little there is, is quite informative though).
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Mark Cotta Vaz is the author of over twenty-one books, including four New York Times bestsellers. His recent works include Mythic Vision: The Making of Eragon, The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion, and the biography Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
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