Friday, 5 April 2013

The Art of the Croods by Noela Hueso Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Noela Hueso With A Foreword By Nicholas Cage

Genre
Movie Tie-In, Art

Synopsis

The Croods takes us back to the beginning, to a previously undiscovered era known as the Croodacious - a time when Mother Nature was still experimenting and the flora and fauna we know today hadn't evolved yet. Trying to find their evolutionary niche are The Croods, a family who must adapt to survive after their cave home is destroyed.

The Art of The Croods traces the evolution of the comedy adventure movie with over 400 pieces of concept art, character sketches, storyboards and digital paintings, along with interviews with the key animation talent.

Review

Just recently I've been reading a lot of 'making of' and 'the art of' books and they have all been brilliant but does this keep up the momentum set by my earlier reviews.

That is a most definite yes.

This book is a collection of behind the scenes musings, stories of how the movie came about and most importantly, the art ranging from the earliest drawings right up to the finished product.  Normally that might mean that there is information overload for the reader but that's not the case here at all.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that they appear to chosen just the right amount of information and art.  They've blended the book brilliantly with the two different parts gelling together nicely.

The behind the scenes stories here are superb.  It's great to hear from all the creators and even the writers / directors get their two cents in brilliantly.  Each person interviewed about the process really come across as being passionate about the project itself and that really shows here.

Noela Hueso really has done a truly fantastic job of making the book flow at a really good pace as well as choosing some absolutely beautiful art work to populate the book with.

Talking of the art, seeing the evolution of not only the characters but every facet of the movie itself really interested the fan in me.  No stone is left unturned here.  The characters, the settings, the animals and even the weather are all shown here from the simplest early drawings right up to how they are in the movie itself.

All in all, this is a very good book and well worth picking up, not only for the fans of the movie but for art fans too because there really is something for everyone here.

Presentation 4/5
Informative 4/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 12/15

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