Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book Review: The Art of The Croods

This morning I received a tautly shrink-wrapped copy of The Art of The Croods, courtesy of publisher Titan Books. While I will certainly be spending more time flipping through its 176 pages, I can already say that I'm impressed.

For someone who thought the movie's basic strength was its visuals, the book is great fun to look at. There's a lot in the way of stunning landscapes and environmental concepts (see section "The Maze" on page 126), many of which made it to the screen.

Every page is expertly laid out and printed, as good as anything from Chronicle, Pixar and Disney's art book publisher of choice. The attractive typography caught my eye as well. Only the cover art is a bit lackluster, except for the shiny embossed Croods logo.

The book's text, written by former Hollywood Reporter editor Noela Hueso, confirms the challenge that the filmmakers faced in bringing the world to screen, especially with the human character design, one of the areas where the movie struggled.

For example, on page 39, character designer Takao Noguchi says that Eep's "face was difficult to design," adding that they had to "avoid making her too beautiful" to keep the character real.

It really is a shame that The Croods' plot was not better developed. (Not that it hurt it at the box office, or with many critics for that matter.) Still, as 'art of' books often do, this one raises my appreciation for the final product.

The Art of The Croods is in bookstores today.

1 comment:

Alexandro Fantino said...

As for the technical aspect, the movie was excellent. It's no wonder that the book should be just as good.