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The Color of Pixar (edition 2017)

by Tia Kratter (Author), John Lasseter (Foreword)

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Title:The Color of Pixar
Authors:Tia Kratter (Author)
Other authors:John Lasseter (Foreword)
Info:Chronicle Books (2017), 352 pages
Collections:Print, Read but unowned, Reviewed
Rating:***1/2
Tags:non-fiction

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Overall, a beautiful book. Fans of Pixar will enjoy this collection of still images, organized by color palette. Its the perfect size to flip through, quickly or slowly. ( )
  llyramoon | Oct 13, 2017 |
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Each of the more than 300 pages holds a single frame from a Pixar film. The rainbow of colors displayed throughout the book progresses a shade at a time, highlighting the emotion and impact each color can have on the story. It’s beautifully executed. You see trends with certain films, focusing on one color over another. It brought back the memories of seeing those films for the first time and the joy and sadness that the color conveys. A beautiful book for any Pixar fan or artist. ( )
  bookworm12 | Oct 8, 2017 |
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This book is, first and foremost, simply beautiful. There are enough pages that the change in overall color from one image to the next is very subtle, yet the size is small enough to fit comfortably in the hand.

It includes some images that are instantly recognizable, and which evoke an emotional response. Other images took me a moment to recall, but a final group were from movies I hadn't seen before, so they didn't have any emotional impact at all. (I guess I need to see a few more movies!) It was fun to spot scenes from my favorite movies, and kind of a game to hunt for my most-beloved characters.

I think this book will appeal to lovers of Pixar movies (both completists and more casual fans), fans of illustration, and aspiring colorists who want inspiration for their own projects. ( )
  wenestvedt | Oct 3, 2017 |
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Not only does this book cover a rainbow of color used by the palette-load in Pixar films, it gives you a chance to get in REALLY close and see exactly how much detail goes into each frame. The only disappointing thing I can think about this book is that there are no details about the use of the color itself, the mood they were trying for in each shot pictured, or how the overall effect was reached. Otherwise a nice little book when you want to simply look at some cool movie stills. ( )
  Ann_Louise | Sep 30, 2017 |
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The Color of Pixar is a very pretty little book, with the rainbow of the pages bleeding onto the edge of the book block, and the inverse film-strip design of the cover. Other than a foreward and introduction about the curation of the images and what they might show, the only words are the movie titles next to the page numbers.

The images are a wide variety of stills from all Pixar movies - from the first Toy Story through the yet-to-be-released Coco (though to be perfectly honest, I only counted 3 Coco stills, all of which are seen in the promotional materials). Some films seem to have more representation than others, though I haven't done a strict count, but that may be due to availability of stills/licensing options and natural grouping due to the color gimmick. If you open to green pages, you will naturally see more images from The Good Dinosaur than Cars 3 - and vice versa in the red pages.

Some of the color matches were surprising. Each still is set into the page with a 1 inch border of color, and the colors change incrementally through the 300+ pages from white to blue to yellow to red to black. The color of that border is the primary color in the image. But why are images of the presumably pale blue sky (from a wide variety of films!) set to aqua or teal? Why is a still from The Incredibles on a yellow-orange page when only a little bit of it is yellow-orange? This is where the book is especially interesting, and where I wish there were more text or explanation. Those borders are the pure hue, fully saturated. Those pages with only a little bit of yellow on a yellow background are because many of those greys, browns, etc., become that same yellow when set to full saturation and no black or white mixed in.

As a Pixar novelty book, it is a fun little thing and I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy flipping through to see which of their favorite movies were included, or what details show up when isolated like this. As an art book, it's a neat study of how color can influence an image as well as admiration for the work done by the animators and scenery artists. ( )
  keristars | Sep 29, 2017 |
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