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The Art of Tangled by Jeff Kurtti

The Art of Tangled by Jeff Kurtti
Preface by John Lasseter
Foreword by Nathan Greno
and Byron Howard
Pages: 160 Jacked Hardcover 11 x 9 in
Date Published: November, 2010
Publisher: Chronicle Books/ Walt Disney Animation Studios

Color photographs and illustrations throughout!

A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, and interviews with the artists, animators, and production team—including Art Director David Goetz—that shed light on the history and artistry of this landmark film.

Jeff Kurtti is one of the leading authorities on The Walt Disney Company and its history, the author of more than 20 books, a writer-director of award-winning documentaries, and a respected public speaker, host, and panel moderator. A Seattle, Washington native, Kurtti has worked for Walt Disney Imagineering, the theme park design division of The Walt Disney Company, and then for the Corporate Special Projects department of Disney. Since 1995 he has enjoyed a career as an author, writer, and consultant in the motion picture, theatre, and themed-entertainment industries.

John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award-winning director and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Nathan Greno, co-director of Tangled, joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1996. He served over a decade in the Story Department, and was story supervisor on the film Bolt. Greno wrote and directed the acclaimed 2009 short Super Rhino.

Byron Howard, co-director of Tangled, joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1994 and has served as an animator, character designer, and supervising animator for such classic films as Mulan and Lilo & Stitch. He directed Bolt with Chris Williams and later served as an executive producer on the acclaimed 2009 short Super Rhino.

When I first heard about The Art of Dinsey Tangled (aka Rapnuzel) I thought it was going to be a cute little book about the illustrations. What I had not been expecting was this gorgeous practically encyclopedia of the illustrations and artwork of each character and setting with background commentary to complement it and engage a reader with anticipation. Well in my case it is anticipation, since the movie is coming out soon. Even for people after they have seen the film, this book will be so much fun. It’s like the type of things you find in the DVD extras, but this is in a tangible book format that you can just sit and stare at the images. I was enthralled and educated and surprised by things that I learned about the Dinsey industry as well as the history of the legend of Ranpunzel herself. It was also neat that in some cases I liked other artists renditions and not the final copy quite as much. I think that this book would make a great gift for any Disney lover and family to share.

*Thanks to Chronicle Books for providing a copy for review.*

You might want to check out this review I found from Parka that includes an awesome amount of pictures to show what all you can find in this neat book.

Movie Trailer:

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.