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Book Review: The Art of Wreck-It Ralph

December 19, 2012

51q19brFsrL._SL500_Released October 3rd, 2012

Page count: 160 pages

Size: 9.5” x 11.5”

The Art of Wreck-It Ralph

By Maggie Malone and Jennifer Lee

Preface by John Lasseter

Foreword by Rich Moore

Published by Chronicle Books

Distributed by Raincoast (Canada)

Gift Idea

Over the past few weeks, we have been featuring books and other items marked with the red and green gift idea tag.  This is the fourth in this year’s series.  


The Art of Wreck-It Ralph Book Review By Erin V.

The development of animated films has always fascinated me.  Everything has to be designed – the world, the characters, everything.  By the time we see the finished project, everything appears seamless, but it took ages to get there.  And from just the first few pages of this book that becomes more evident than ever.

When we see that early designs for the main human character of Ralph were everything from a troll, gorilla, or sasquatch, it is hard to believe the film ever being the same had the artists behind the scenes not pushed until the character and who he was felt ‘right.’  We also get extensive looks into the developments of the various worlds, as well as a look at some of the characters and worlds that were cut from the film as it developed.

The Art of Wreck-It Ralph is co-written by Jennifer Lee, co-writer for the screenplay for Wreck-It Ralph, and Maggie Malone, director of development at Disney.  Overall, the book is very well put together (including a nice 8-bit rendering of Ralph inset into the cover under the dust jacket), and will be greatly enjoyed by the many fans of the film.  It makes a perfect gift especially for those interested in the behind-the-scenes developments of animated films.  ___________________________________________________________________________

To find out more about the The Art of Wreck-It Ralph, or other books, visit Raincoast’s website here.

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