The Art of Mulan (英語) ハードカバー – 1998/6/19
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ディズニー映画「ムーラン」の設定資料、原画、劇中ビジュアル、メイキングなどを多数収録したビジュアルブック。 『ムーラン』（Mulan）は、1998年6月19日にアメリカ合衆国より公開されたディズニーの長編アニメーション映画作品である。古代中国を舞台にした物語で、中国の伝説『花木蘭』をモデルとしており、ストーリーは一部異なるものの豫劇「花木蘭」に基づいている。 主題歌の『Reflection』はクリスティーナ・アギレラが歌唱、サブキャラの声優としてエディ・マーフィーが出演した。
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...and what the hell was the 'disgusting' nude art referred to by one reviewer! There was nothing indecent in the art that I could recall.
I really couldn't put it down after reading it. It tells a very clear and interesting story on how the movie was created. Disney put huge emphasis on stories. The different story artists would discuss at lengths in this book on the considerations they made when trying to adapt Chinese history into a Western film. There were ideas to make Mulan a romantic comedy, which were luckily shot down, in an attempt to keep the film authentic.
The research process is most interesting and takes a look at the artists as they travel tthroughout China, visiting places like the Great Wall, Forbidden City and other ancient cities. It's a great learning process for them, when they were there, and for the readers, as we read from their experiences now.
All the concept art, storyboards and film stills presented are always related back to the story. The artists will always be there to explain how their design supports the story. So it's a great insight into how to do production design.
While the movie is animated, the book doesn't talk about animation technically.
This art book is the learning process of creating an animated film. It's fun, fresh and delightful to read. It should appeal greatly to animators, production designers and artists.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
If you liked Mulan, like animation or just like art, you definitly should buy this book!
Jeff Kurtti does an excellent job scribing the background for the making of this feature, and he has quickly established himself as the preeminent writer for Disney books of this nature. I was fortunate to meet and speak with Mr. Kurtti during my wonderful participation at the Mulan Animation Experience held at the Disney Insitute in the summer of 1998, and he comes off as an "ultimate Disney fan". His writing conveys this as well, but in a more polished, informative nature. He really had a good time researching this book, and it shows!
But, with all due respect to Mr. Kurtti, this book isn't called the "Art of Mulan" for nothing. The typical Disney quality is abundant in every frame of artwork within the book, and the sheer volume of development and concept sketches is a real treat. Having also met the film's directors, many of the animators, storyboard artists, etc. at the '98 event (put together, by the way, by Mr. Larry Lauria, a quality individual in the animation industry) I have had the luxury of being exposed to many of the background elements during the development of this film. This book, however, served as a wonderful companion piece to that experience, and also communicates much of the same information and emotion felt at that event. It is that thorough and the result of another top-notch Hyperion production.
Certainly, if you like the movie and/or appreciate Disney animation (or the growing library of "Art of..." books), then this one should be in your collection. Mr. Kurtti, Disney, and Hyperion have "done honour to us all".