Art of Ratatouille Hardback
On the heels of seven straight box office hits, "Ratatouille" continues Pixar's incredible run of success with the charming story of an ambitious rat (yes, a rat!) whose delicate sense of smell and love for gourmet French food compel him to become a chef in the most famous restaurant in Paris - against all odds and with plenty of madcap adventures along the way. "The Art of Ratatouille" explores the artistic vision upon which the film was built with fascinating concept art, including storyboards, full-colour pastels, pencil sketches, maquettes, and more.
Extensive quotes from the artists and production team and a foreword by director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") bring the art to life.
With more than 200 pieces of art and a great design, this is the only adult tie in book for "Ratatouille", which is set for a June, 2007 release.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 160 pages, 300 colour images
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Publication Date: 12/07/2007
- Category: Films, cinema
- ISBN: 9780811858342
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Review by skcramer
Readers get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the artistic process that went into making Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille, an animated film about a rat who dreams of becoming a chef. This oversized volume (24 cm x 29 cm) features reproductions of over 300 pieces of concept art, including storyboards, sketches, sculpts, character studies, lighting studies and more. Quotations from the film crew offer additional insights into the filmmaking process. Yet while children who have enjoyed Ratatouille might be drawn to this highly visual book, it does not seem to have been designed for those children. It’s in-depth discussions of the decisions that went into modeling each character and the research that went into designing each set instead mean that this book is targeted for budding animators or filmmakers. Libraries seeking Ratatouille-inspired materials for young children may wish to look elsewhere. However, for librarians seeking materials to enhance a film studies collection, this book would be an excellent addition. Recommended for readers age 12 and up.