Everything that made the previous two books great could be said again of this third installment. The featured art is a good balance between early sketches and completed full-color designs. Concept art is included for just about every character in the film - including Po, Mr. Ping, and the Furious Five. Since many of the characters are returning from the prior films, if you own the previous books then you've seen similar art before. But there are new characters in the film, including the primary antagonist named Kai. The film also takes the audience to Panda Village; a key challenge there was giving each of the pandas their own visual traits that made them unique.
The book includes text by Tracey Miller-Zarneke, who does a fine job detailing the process of making the film and the theory behind key character/design choices. The book includes insightful quotes from many of the film's creatives, including director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
The "Kung Fu Panda" films are quite extraordinary not just as entertainment, but as true works of art. The character designs and conceptual artwork within this book demonstrate how skilled artists can leverage their mastery of visual styles and techniques to enhance storytelling.
Note: Thank you to Insight Editions for providing me a review copy of the book.
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