The Art of The Croods book review

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With an all-star cast featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds, it’s no wonder that The Croods opened with a smashing $43 million. DreamWorks Animation has long been considered one of the greats when considering the list of animated movies that it has created being rivaled only by Disney when regarding quality of movie, story, and animation. I found The Croods to be an exciting family film that provided fun to people of all ages and was more excited to be given the opportunity to review The Art of The Croods.

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The release of concept art is always a great opportunity to learn more about what went on behind the scenes to make our beloved characters who they are, and watch where they evolved from. The Art of The Croods provides us with a forward written by the immortal Nicolas Cage where he talks about where his character’s motivation and life came from, which was actually from all over the world.

It was a privilege to be a part of the DreamWorks process – reviewing animated sequences, volleying dialogue with directors Chris and Kirk, and absorbing beautiful artwork that eventually turned into a magnificent movie.”

I felt as if those words were better left for the end, because when read after it makes much more sense and makes the journey of the making of this movie much more eloquent and inspiring.

It is a long and incredible process to perfect the perfect character that will be inspiring, loved, and entertaining enough to captivate a world-wide audience. The art in this book shows the process and steps in creating a character as well as the decisions behind the changes. Eep, the main heroine voiced by Emma Stone was originally visualized as a tough girl and not as a small princess, since she was a Neanderthal and related to her dad’s character, Grug. This required a change in the original manifestation to make her head more triangular, her shoulders to be broader, and focus on her hair, which was their most challenging task. She had to have clothes that were old and tattered, but still be appealing, while her hair was to look both clumpy and wavy at the same time.

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One of the greatest things I learned about The Art of The Croods was that some of the lands were based off of lands that were visited in Utah, and almost all of the lands visited in the film are based off of real and familiar places making the film feel a bit more real and historical. The book also takes you into the in-depth world of modeling, surfacing, visual effects, layout, and lighting.

Grade: A

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For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn't about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass, resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies leading to a long standing relationship with his imagination.