Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Toy Story: "The Toy Story Films - An Animated Journey" Book

The Toy Story Films: An Animated Journey is the definitive "making of book" in regards to Disney·Pixar's incredible Toy Story trilogy. This massive book chronicles Pixar's earliest beginnings (the formation of the early Pixar team, their first short films, their television commercials, etc. and how all those were impactful on making Toy Story possible) through the making of all three films in the franchise.

Even if you're familiar with the history of Pixar and Toy Story films (as this book as similar information found in other Pixar books and documentary films), this book presents it in a fresh, simplistic, well written way with loads of great quotes, concept art, historical photos and final rendered screen shots.

This hardcover book was released in August 2012, is written by Charles Solomon (with Foreword by Hayao Miyazaki and Afterword by John Lasseter) and is 192 pages. It measures 11.8 x 11 inches.

Here is the official synopsis:
Imagination. It’s an innate quality that every child seems to possess in immeasurable quantities. Imagination allows children to create wonderful worlds in which to relate to their friends, envision their futures, and, of course, play with their toys. More often than not, imagination is a quality that diminishes with age, as fantasy worlds are replaced by “the real world” and inquiring young minds are forced to grow up. But there are those among us, who, like Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, never stop using their imaginations, envisioning their futures, and, most importantly in this context, playing with their toys. A select group of these individuals—and their unfettered imaginations—are the reason that the Toy Story films came to be.

The Toy Story Films: An Animated Journey tells the tale of the incredibly talented visionaries who conceived, developed, and ultimately shared Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy’s toys with the entire world. Their story is recounted within these pages through candid interviews with the animators, directors, and voice actors who brought the films to life; artwork that inspired, grew into, or became a part of the iconic movies; and untold details of the growth and development of one of the most lucrative and artistically significant film series ever. It serves as a lesson to us all that we are never too old to use our imagination—and play with our toys.

Since there have been no "Art of" books (by Chronicle Books Publishing) for the first or second Toy Story films, this, as well as the 1995 Toy Story: The Art and Making of an Animated Film, are the the closest to those that you'll find.

Lets take a peek inside!

There we have it! A fantastic, must have book for Pixar fans who adore the Toy Story films and the history of the animation studio. There is so much great new and old information here, that I can't recommend this enough. If you'd like to pick this up for your collection, your best best is to grab it on Amazon.

A big thanks to my aunt to  got me this for this past Christmas! I've wanted this for quite some time and I'm happy it's finally part of my collection.

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