The Art of the Iron Giant - CANCELLED (英語)
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This beautifully illustrated book revisits the classic film The Iron Giant, with unprecedented access to rarely seen development art and storyboards from the Warner Bros. archives.
Director Brad Bird’s (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) acclaimed film The Iron Giant is considered by both fans, critics, and animation historians to be one of the best hand-drawn animated features of the past fifty years. Now, in conjunction with a special theatrical re-release, this beautifully illustrated book revisits the classic, with unprecedented access to rarely seen development art and storyboards from the Warner Bros. archives. Offering interviews with Bird and his team of artists, this handsome volume also includes exclusive art from the newly restored scenes featured in the 2016 Blu-ray.
Ramin Zahed is the editor in chief of Animation Magazine. A journalist who has covered the film and television industries for over twenty years, his writing has appeared in Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, and Movieline. He lives in Los Angeles.
The book begins with a foreword by director Brad Bird, who writes about his involvement in the project. The text then discusses the challenges of the film, with focus on the design and animation processes. The artwork in the book varies greatly -- some of it is from a previous incarnation of the film that was planned prior to Bird's involvement; and then obviously the artistic progression into the final visual style you recognize on-screen. Those who know the film will know that it has a unique look which blended a computer generated 3D-character and a traditional 2D environment.
The Iron Giant himself went through various design iterations, and it's fun to see what could have been. Many of the designs are cool-looking, but the final design also gives the character a real personality. Additional chapters show the art of the human characters, as well as the settings in the film (including Hogarth's house and the power plant). Finally, the book concludes with a look back at the legacy of the film and an appreciation of the artists involved in making it a reality. Dozens of team members recall their experiences - including storyboard artists, animators, and composer Michael Kamen.
This is one of those few books that will likely rise greatly in value over time. Sometimes I recommend waiting to buy art books for a few months until the retail price drops and remainder copies go on sale - but in this case I recommend picking this one up as soon as possible because a fresh new copy may be difficult to find down the road (Amazon is already showing a 1-2 month backorder at the time of this review).
I looked through it over dinner. Felt like something was missing. I think it was not the best idea to feature so much bad art that was done before Brad Bird came to the project. I also felt like they should have included more of the beautiful background paintings that were done for the film. Also, the color script pages were dark and unclear.
I'm a little disappointed.
I would have been thrilled with seeing the final movie art direction - not all of their failed attempts before getting it right. The book is basically filled with the art that didn't make it. Can't win them all!