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The Art of Up

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,641 ratings  ·  31 reviews
This beautifully illustrated volume showcaeses the wide-ranging concept art that inspired the filmmakers, including character designs, storyboards, and full-color pastels, and tells the story of their own adventures in discovering the world of Up. The filmmakers share everything from the challenges of animating Carl's boxy physique to the inspirations they found during the ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 27th 2009 by Chronicle Books
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Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animation, art-books

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If you're still wondering about the real story of Pixar's Up, this book provides very good clues (or spoilers). I'll just say it's about Carl, the old man, going on a journey in search for meaning to his life. The directive from the top was to make Up "the studio's most emotive film to date".

Tim Hauser has provided a good writeup into design style and production process of the movie. There's talk on the story arc, themes, the characters and a bit on the artis
Sara Molina León
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r-no-ficción
Un libro perfecto para entender el proceso de hacer una película de animación. Me interesó especialmente el concepto de "guión de color" y conocer cómo decidieron que cambiaran las formas de los decorados a lo largo de la película. ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leído-2020
Me ha encantado como todos los que llevo de este tipo!
Es impresionante el trabajo que lleva detrás estas películas y lo bien que incorporan todo en ellas, hasta el físico de los personajes están caracterizados con algo en concreto y me apasiona el conocer todos estos secretos.
Después de leer estos libros veo las películas de nuevo, así puedo fijarme en esos pequeños detalles o curiosidades más de cerca.
Recomiendo ver la película antes (sino se ha visto) y después de leer estas maravillas!
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The Art of Up is the best film art book I’ve ever read. Too often, these books show a finished work without showing a process. I understand the reason for this, but I’m interested in the process. I want to see the rejected ideas and rough sketches that become the story. Pixar’s team puts all that out in the open with this book.

Not only are there early sketches and process of characters like Carl, Ellie, and Russell, but there are beautiful pastel color roughs that were clearly highly influentia
3.5 stars.

Less beautiful art pieces to look at than I'd like, and most of what was there was digital*, but all the text was interesting to read.

I loved the bit about Elie Docter; that was really neat and a cool bit of trivia.

*Which is fine, a lot of the Tangled art was digital, except that the Tangled art was bloody gorgeous. This particular brand of digital art was ever so slightly lacking.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-in-2020
Un libro maravilloso con bocetos, historias, origen e ideas de la creación de la película Up.

Estoy enamorada de esta colección de libros porque adoro el arte y aquí nos enseñan varias fases de las ideas originales y cómo evolucionan hasta llegar a formar la película que conocemos.
Indah Threez Lestari
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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rebecca robertson
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Released in May 2009, Up was the first animated 3D film to open the Cannes Film Festival.

Filled with beautifully vibrant colours and sweet, emotional melodies, the film won the award for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 82nd Academy awards in 2010 and was a financial success.

Up follows senior citizen Carl Fredricksen as he pursues his dream of living atop a cliff overlooking Paradise Falls, accompanied by young wilderness explorer Russell.

Its matching art book includes a for
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love pixar art books. The way that they tell the story of how their story/film was made is wonderful. But I think the Art of Up may be the best one i've read yet. There was the right balance of information about the creation of the story, from the research to the people involved, and art work. There was no lack of art work, there aren't many screen shots, it's mainly character/concept design. But the art work that has been selected to go into the book is BEAUTIFUL and really conveys the style ...more
Zel Polev
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the movie Up and I like this book.

It had a lot of gems in the writing. However, I wanted more. It had a lot of good things from it but the gems were a bit of one line punch. I also felt this way about the information. However, my expectations were probably not in line with what is expected of an Art of book. I was looking for how to information and perhaps Art of books aren't meant to be that.

My rating is just my rating and has a lot to do with what I wanted from the book rather than ta
Niko Hyppönen
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Up lukeutuu parhaisiin koskaan tehtyihin animaatioelokuviin. Harva elokuva pystyy käsittelemään niin realistisesti ja koskettavasti tunteita.

Elokuvan taidekirja syventyy luovaan prosessiin, joka synnytti tämän nerokkaan elokuvan. Mukana on kaunista taidetta ja mielenkiintoisia ajatuksia. Hahmot esimerkiksi perustuivat yksinkertaisiin perusmuotoihin ja sitä kautta viestivät jo hahmon luonteesta. Päähahmo on esimerkiksi "neliö", joka on perusmuodoista vakain ja vähiten liikkeessä. Myös ympäristöje
Naomi Liuba
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is very interesting but I wish it would talk more about the process of the animation, not so focused on the process of simplfying things. The whole art of Up is lovely and the concept art is so nice and diferent from the movies. I liked it.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent addition to the Disney/Pixar Art of collection. This volume goes in depth a bit more on the production of the movie which is always welcome but it never gets too heady or technical so it keeps these books interesting for younger readers.
Marina Ruiz Prieto
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Me encanta. Es el decimo que tengo de la colección y como todos me ha parecido precioso y fascinante. Los dibujos, lo que explican de las peliculas. Un libro que a cualquier amante de Disney le gustará tener
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bedtime? Up time!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This film is one of my absolute favorites and this book was no let down either. Not only was it coupled with the amazing art in all its stages that created the animated picture, it also had such detailed stories and commentary that gave life to the behind the scenes process.

A few gems:

Ellie’s adventure book was created in real life by one of the artist’s daughters (also named Elie!) and they just rendered it for the film with minor alterations. They kept original art work and even her handwrit
Samuel Oktavianus
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, the-art-of, 2017
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review Taken From The Pewter Wolf

The Art of Up is exactly what it says on the cover. With a foreword from the director, Pete Docter, the author does short write-ups per the few chapters that this book have. Which means most of this book is art and design of the movie and, after reading The Art of Finding Nemo, it was very interesting to read the difference of how these movies were created (although I know most people won't buy both books and will only buy or read one of them). And yes, I drooled
Gijs Grob
This coffee table book is primarily an art book, containing lots of developmental artwork for the film, like story board drawings, character design sketches, and mood pieces. From these pictures it becomes clear that artists Daniel López Muñoz and Lou Romano had a particularly large influence on the look and feel of the film, but I love Patrick McDonnell's cute little sketches the most.

The scarce text is insightful: it reveals the influences of Hayao Miyazaki, cartoon modern and stop-motion film
Michael Huen
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
A lot of great concept artwork, some storyboards, and color schemes. There are some interesting short pieces on how they developed the ideas and visual identity. Many of the artworks are by Daniel Lopez Munoz, so much so it's almost his book. I would have liked at least some computer generated artwork seeing that this is a book for the movie. There are close to no in-movie artwork or movie stills, yet there are a few computer models such as the house. ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
What a neat artbook!

I wish I'd purchased the physical copy. I was happy to learn the stories behind bits of a film that I love so much. I could hear the soundtrack in my head the whole time. Buy it! Now!
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love these "art of" books so much, theyre my pride and they have a special place on my bookshelf. Its so inspirational to look at the art and read how the movie came to be, would definitely recommend buying this if you're a fan of the movie or animation in general <3 ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-books, 4-stars

This is easily up there (no pun intended) with the Art of Rise of the Guardians in terms of the amount of time, effort, and attention to detail the film was given throughout the process. It's a great book that showcases how much love was put into the film.
William Tooher IV
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The movie itself is powerfully odd and heartfelt, but the art book goes super deep and personal with how Pixar conceptualized and created it. A very inspiring read with loads of colorful art to observe.
Miss Clark
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, film-and-tv
2.5 stars

So much of the art in this was of the digital variety and quite minimalist. Not really my style, but the text was interesting.
Melanie Mcdaniel
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: disney-books
Gorgeous artwork!
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful collection of concept and finished art for a wonderful movie.
Christopher Jennings
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
So far, the best of the "making of" books. Not in a small part to the work of Daniel Lopez Munoz. There's a wonderful look back at Joe Ranft at the end of the book. ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This book was so beautifully done
Naag Raj
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