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Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast

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The Beauty and the Beast legend has a universal appeal; the fairy tale exists in numerous versions throughout the world. During the process of being translated into a Disney film, Beauty and the Beast had several false starts. It was originally conceived as an eighteenth-century period piece, directed by the British husband-and-wife team of Richard and Jill Purdum. After s
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Disney Editions
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Dec 24, 2010 Parka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-books, animation

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This book reminded me of the oversized art books Disney used to published for Mulan, Pocahontas, Hercules, etc. Although not as large as those predecessors, the feeling of familiarity really comes from the content. This is a Disney book after all.

There are plenty of beautiful art to be seen. The pages are filled with sketches, storyboards, animation drawings, production drawings, background art, photos of Disney artists at work. The print quality is nice.

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What a truly stunning, magnificent, wonderful book. I'm a fan of the series of books "The Art Of...", but this is much, much more than that. An honest tale of the creation of this classic movie, with all the stops and stalls, the problems, the fighting, and the moments of glory. It's filled with wonderful images, but even more wonderful text (I'm not that visual a person!). The fact that it was written twenty years after the release allows for more distance, more honesty, plus talk of the Broadw ...more
Things I learned:

1. They argued a lot over this film. Tensions were very high. Much yelling. I don't know that I would have liked to be a part of it.

2. Don Bluth's idea for the retelling sounded so good. He was going off of G.K.'s quote, "A thing must be loved before it is lovable."

3. Making a movie is hard.

4. They trick you by putting the best concept art on page one.

5. I want more concept art. The text was good, but make the book twice as long and INCLUDE MORE CONCEPT ART PLEASE.

6. This was a
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I've always been a Disney girl. Growing up, Belle was one of my favorite princesses. As a kid, I had a prop box full of things like a fake rose in a vase, my old Dorothy Halloween costume (it looked enough like Belle's blue dress to me), and a stuffed My Little Pony tied to a stick that I would pull out whenever I wanted to play. I had recorded Beauty and the Beast off the TV onto a cassette tape and written out every line of Belle's (and the prompt beforehand) with my pink, purple, and blue Lis ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
If your looking for an amazing art book, then DON'T buy this book. This book has very little art of the film 'Beauty and the Beast'. I purchased this book because I though it would follow a similar format of the Studio Ghibli art books, but I was wrong. This book explains in detail the entire history and making of the Disney film production of 'Beauty and the Beast', from the deveoplement of the morderen day version of the fairy tale from the earliest original copy, to the progression of 'Beauty ...more
Feb 03, 2017 Kristine rated it it was amazing
No surprise I looooved this book! It was interesting to go behind the scenes and see how the animated film came to life, and all the work that was done to make it as successful/memorable as it is to this day. I also loved the added chapter where we get to see how they are translating the animated film into a live action one.. and I cannot wait for March 16th!!
Jan 27, 2017 Emily rated it it was amazing
I'm an expert on all things Beauty and the Beast but this had plenty of information about its creation to refresh my memory. Absolutely gorgeous artwork and pictures are paired with a comprehensive guide to the film's creation. I want this for my personal collection.
Apr 05, 2015 Molly rated it really liked it
Not the best as Disney art-books go, but still... pretty great.
Aside from a few typos here and there, this was a beautiful, well-researched book.
Kelly K
Mar 09, 2017 Kelly K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-of-disney, 2017
I love how this incorperated the making of the animated film, land in Walt Disney World, and the live action film adaptation. There was so much information on what was going on during it's production as well as inspiration from the stories of the past.
Drew Graham
Jan 21, 2011 Drew Graham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: me
This book was released just last year, and was a nice addition to my Disney art book collection when I received it for Christmas. It's not quite as big or thick as the volumes published previously, but it's an excellent book about the art and making of Beauty and the Beast. This is the first time this movie has been treated to its own "Making Of" book, and it is excellent.

This beautiful book is a thorough but concise history of the process that hundreds of artists and executives went through to
Cindy Mitchell
Solomon, Charles Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast, 216 pages. Disney, 2017, 2010. $50.

Solomon updates his in-depth book about Beauty and the Beast with 30 new pages about the live action movie. Unlike the Cinderella book that came out a couple of years ago which provided a wealth of information about the live action film, this one adds the new movie to the original edition and it feels like an after-thought. While I appreciate those 30 pages, I would have rather h
Feb 21, 2017 Cat rated it liked it
Shelves: art, nonfiction, disney
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got this book. I thought it was odd that an 'Art and Making of' book was released so early from the film itself. This was more of a general making of book than it was an actual technical making of the film- which is fine, but not what I was expecting.
Feb 02, 2012 τλιϓλ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-of-books
لن أنكر أنني توقعت الكثير من الأمور في هذا الكتاب لكني راضية عما تم تقديمه لعشاق الفيلم والتحفة الكلاسيكية الخالدة.

كتا جميل حقا مليء بالذكريات ورحلة العمل الشاقة، فقط تمنيت لو تمكنوا من إنهاء الفيلم بطريقة جيدة ورائعة للغاية عوضا عما فعلوه، صحيح أن الفيلم لم ينقص من جماله شيء ما لكنني تمنيت لو تم الإهتمام بالمشهد الأخير الذي كان ختاما لا أقول مسكا لكنه مقارنة بالفيلم لم يكن على مستوى عالٍ..

عودة للكتاب الذي أحببت وجود بعض المقارنات فيه ومن اين استوحيت بعض الأفكار وما الذي الهمهم بذلك وماذا غيروا
Oct 16, 2011 Kasey rated it really liked it
Being a collector of everything Beauty and the Beast this book was a must have for me. I learned so much about the challenges the creators made to create my favorite movie of all time. I did cry during this book when they discussed the death of Howard Ashman because he never was able to see the impact this lyrics made on my generation and all the ones to follow. The art in this book is amazing and being able to see the concept art and how the character developed over time help me to appreciate t ...more
Mili Fay
Jan 13, 2015 Mili Fay rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-books, film-books
I have not read such a well thought out account in a Disney Art of Book since "Hercules: Chaos of Creation".

Reading this book, I felt I was there with the artists (and other creators) as they worked on "Beauty and the Beast". I couldn't put it down and have read the book in two evenings.

I only wish this book had more art. I would have loved to see more developmental sketches of the characters, more of the different styles considered before the artists settled on the final look--more of that art
Nov 08, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
As an avid B&B fan, this book was fantastic! From the adaptation of the story, to how they created Beast's look, to the beginning of computer animation in a hand-drawn world, to how they adapted it for Broadway, this book has the whole behind-the-scenes story of the making of the movie. My only issue was keeping track of the myriad people involved - they would be mentioned by full name and job title once, and forever after only be referred to by their first name and I had a hard time remembe ...more
Soledad P
May 27, 2016 Soledad P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arte
Soy fan de La Bella y La Bestia de Disney, así que tener este libro en mi poder ha sido todo un honor y un momento lleno de emoción. Cuenta cómo la película tuvo sus comienzos difíciles, da un vistazo a las versiones preliminares de los personajes y nos cuenta sobre el proceso largo que tuvieron que pasar los productores, directores y animadores. Es una excelente crónica sobre cómo una de las películas más bellas de la animación fue creada.
Feb 18, 2010 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
"Beauty and the Beast" being my favorite movie, I HAD to have this the minute it came out. I was not disappointed. It was fascinating to read how one of the most beloved Disney movies came to be, and all the processes and hoops they had to just through to get such a fantastic picture. A must read for Disney fans!
Jan 03, 2012 Carson rated it it was amazing
This book taught me a lot about the making of Beauty and the Beast, which is saying something because I had already watched every bonus feature on my diamond edition DVD. Beautiful and Insightful
Aug 01, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing
A well deserved "Art of Book" for a phenomenal film.
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