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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

To Infinity and Beyond! The Story of Pixar Animation Studios Hardcover Book Review

 To Infinity and Beyond!  The Story of Pixar Animation Studios Hardcover Book Review

About the Book: To Infinity and Beyond! -- In 1986, gifted animator John Lasseter, technology guru Ed Catmull, and visionary Steve Jobs founded Pixar Animation Studios. Their goal: create a computer animated feature, despite predictions that it could never be done. An unprecedented catalog of blockbuster films later, the studio is honoring its history in this deluxe volume. From its fledgling days under George Lucas to ten demanding years creating Toy Story to the merger with Disney, each milestone is vibrantly detailed. Interviews with Pixar directors, producers, animators, voice talent, and industry insiders, as well as concept art, storyboards, and snapshots illuminate a history that is both definitive and enthralling.
Our Take: The moment you lay eyes on this book, you can tell that great care was taken to create a classy and definitive edition about the evolution of the Pixar animation studios.  The presentation of the book is upper shelf.  It has a die-cut Buzz Lightyear on a light green fuzzy hardcover.  There is a wraparound see-through paper with the title and author.  The inside cover is adorned with a huge collage of Pixar characters from Bug's Life to Toy Story!

The book is jam-packed with sketches, full-color images and drawings from the production of all the Pixar films.  What grabbed me about this one is that it isn't just an art showcase book, which would be fine, but it has a tremendous amount of text.  The level of information in this book would constitute a pictureless hardcover. 

To Infinity and Beyond takes you from Pixar's early days all the way through the production process behind each of their hit films, up to Cars.   The book also has "Spotlight" feature pages that cover the infamous Pixar animated shorts, like 'For the Birds' and the music and sound behind the films.

John Lassester and Pixar really revolutionized animated film.  They hands-down saved Disney's behinds from complete destruction by Dreamworks and have given us some of the most amazing films to date, like Toy Story and Finding Nemo.  This is a book that everyone should own.  So it is written, so it shall be done!

How to Buy: or the Chronicle Books Site