Blue Sky Studios began as a modest visual effects firm and has evolved into one of the largest film animation companies. It is now a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, producing animated hits such as "Ice Age" and "Rio". The Art of Blue Sky Studios collects the studio's work and provides context about the company's history, their animation process, and design and character details.
"The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3" is of the same high quality as the books for "Kung Fu Panda" and "Kung Fu Panda 2". These are among the best animation art books that I've read, and I recommend all three of them if you are interested in the films.
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.
Over the last two decades, Dreamworks Animation Studios has produced 30 films. In honor of the studios’ 20th Anniversary, they released The Art of Dreamworks Animation, which features over 300 pages of great artwork. By aggregating artwork from each of the Dreamworks Animation movies, this book serves as a nice collection of the Studio’s history.
For me, the single most striking aspect of Dreamworks animated films are their colors. When you think of the King Fu Panda or Madagascar films, your mind automatically thinks of the appealing color palettes of these movies. This makes for a wonder art book, and fortunately the colors within the book are every bit as bold and vibrant as they are on screen.
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