Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Art of Rio: Featuring a Carnival of Art from Rio and Rio 2 Review

Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Foreword By
Carlos Saldanha

Written By
Tara Bennett

Published By
Titan Books

Art, Move Tie In


Rio and Rio 2, from 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, directed by Carlos Saldanha, are 3D computer-animated musical-adventure comedy movies about rare Blue Spix Macaws Blu and Jewel, revealing how they meet, fall in love, and raise their three chicks.

Traveling from the Amazon, to snowy Minnesota, to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, and back to the jungle, the movies are full of life, color, and laughs, and populated by a huge diversity of birds, animals and people.

The Art of Rio features a carnival of art from both movies, with over 500 pieces of stunning concept art, character sketches and illustrations, storyboards and digital imagery, along with commentary from the key talent whose creativity is celebrated in these pages.


With Tara Bennett having been one of the writers of the 'Fringe' companion book that Titan put out last year, I had very high hopes for this art book.  Having reviewed quite a few of these recently, I have grown to really love seeing just how creative and imaginative the people behind these projects are.

I have to admit that I have only seen the first movie but while it wasn't the most imaginative movie in the world, it was very well made and looked absolutely stunning.  Here we get to see some great art and behind the scenes information about that movie as well as it's new sequel.

The art here is positively gorgeous.  The fact that they go all out here to show just how the movie teams creative process works really is a testament to both Titan Books, who have put out a gorgeous looking book, and Tara Bennett's interesting writing.  It really comes across as a project that she was really interested in.

All the concept art and storyboards amongst all the other goodies in this massive book, are so well written about and shown here that I really couldn't put it down.  I'd even say that it's one of those art books that I would want to revisit more than once.

I loved the little comments from the creative team.  They really seemed to be passionate about their work on the movies and that always creates a book that is both interesting and well worth buying.

One of the things that has happened since I read this art book is that it's made me want to revisit the first movie and then want to see the second.  The concept art is so beautiful that I want to see it up on the big screen to see the finished product.

Presentation 8/10
Informative 8.5/10
Recommended 8.5/10
Overall 25/30

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