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Hands up if you have not read any of Ronald Dahl's books, alright, those of you who have your hands up, you seriously need to press the "BUY" button when you see any on Amazon, like in the upcoming link.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
was published in 1970, written by Ronald Dahl. The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox is for the visual companion for the stop motion animated movie based on that book, directed by Wes Anderson.
This is a 192-page hardcover book with an excellent dust jacket. The low gloss pages are filled with character sketches from the conceptualisation to the making of the models for the animated film.
A short introduction to the Dahl estate starts the book, which is then divided into several chapters which focus on the various characters of the film. Alongside the sketches and art, there are little notes that explain the consideration taken when designing the models, how each part is to be handled and the significance in the final film.
This book a treasure trove of knowledge on stop motion animation. It shows much of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the final film, how each and every character is modeled, the making of the sets - the farmhouse, the foxes' tree burrow, the town square, how the fire in the street scene is done and many more.
There are plenty of detailed photos of the models of the buildings, like how each chicken should look down to the bread in the bakery etc. Alongside these photos are notes by the artists talking about the scenes where the models are used.
Each character has its own chapter. You can see how the director's interpretation the characters' look, traits and behaviours, are all reflected in the creation of the models. There are concept art from the initial character design to the final selected design, and the different expressions, their clothings, textures -- hair, fur, wrinkly skin, etc.
In the later parts of the book, alongside the pictures of the models for the settings and locations, there are interviews with Wes Anderson, Liccy Dahl (Roald Dahl's wife) and various production staff.
Fans of stop motion animation would enjoy this book and through it, appreciate this way of movie making.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I bought this book for my sister's birthday, as we both love
Fantastic Mr Fox [DVD] [2009
]. The colour scheme, page texture, and size are all wonderful, and the book has many little treasures that you only notice when you pick it up for the third or fourth time. As a lover of production design, I especially enjoyed the images that show the designers' desks, the methods of choosing colour to enhance narrative and visually describe each character. This is doubly interesting as everything is done on such a small scale! Intricate and wonderful.
My favourite part of the film is near the end, where an explosion is created using cotton wool as smoke. It's wonderful to see exactly how the filmmakers did this. Look out for the smallest images - the miniature red-coloured post office, complete with autumn maple leaves and detailed window display, is a delight.
Considering i paid £22 for a book and was really excited to get it after saving up, i was upset to see it wasnt in perfect condition. The book jacket is scruffed up and i first i thought it was intentional but seeing as there’s scuff marks, it would appear not. Not the quality of appearance i was expecting. Contents is beautiful but its a shame a book that was to be the most prize possession on my book shelf looks less than perfect.