Upcoming Books – ‘Art of The Good Dinosaur’, ‘Art of Sanjay’s Super Team’ and More

Pixar Chronicle Books Coming Soon

Pixar’s “art of” series of books released by Chronicle Books has become the go-to source for concept artwork, story development, and many more details regarding each film’s progression through the Studio. Not only did the release of The Art of Inside Out just hit shelves, but we’ll also see the release of The Art of The Good Dinosaur on November 4, 2015, along with The Art of Sanjay’s Super Team in December 2015. Along with the new “art of” books, a few additional books titled, Funny! and The Animator’s Sketchbook will also be released — continue reading below for more details on each book.

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The Art of The Good Dinosaur Book Cover

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Foreword by John Lasseter • Introduction by Peter Sohn

The Art of the Good Dinosaur (November 4, 2015) What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and dinosaurs never became extinct? The Good Dinosaur expands on that premise in a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. Showcasing the stunning artwork from the film’s creation—including sketches, storyboards, maquette sculpts, colorscripts, and much more—The Art of The Good Dinosaur offers the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the research and design that went into the making of this innovative film.


The Art of Sanjay's Super Team Book

What’s probably most significant regarding the release of The Art of Sanjay’s Super Team is that it’s the first short film to receive its own dedicated “art of” series book. Previously, The Art of Pixar Short Films was released as a compilation of Pixar’s shorts through 2007’s, Lifted.

Additionally, it should also be noted that this is the first time the official logo has been seen for the short. With its pen-sketched look, it seems to pair perfectly with the theme of the short – read more details on the personal meaning behind Sanjay’s Super Team.

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Foreword by John Lasseter • By Sanjay Patel

The Art of Sanjay’s Super Team (December 2015)In the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, Sanjay’s Super Team, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, 1st generation Indian boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. This art-filled peek behind the curtain of this groundbreaking film is sure to excite Sanjay’s legion of fans and thrill animation lovers around the world.

FUNNY! Twenty-Five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room

Pixar Funny Storyboard Book Cover

UPDATED: Our review of the FUNNY! book can be found here.

We can’t wait to get our hands on Funny! Twenty-Five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room. The jokes, gags, and hilarity that the story department cooks up on a daily basis are astounding and we’re ecstatic to be able to look at some of the hilarious gags which were explored during the story development phase of the film but didn’t make it into the final film. A few images from the book are included below that show some of the quirky elements you can expect to fill the pages. (It’s also exciting that the book will be updated through The Good Dinosaur.)

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Foreword by John Lasseter • Introduction by Jason Katz

Funny!: Twenty-Five Years in the Pixar Story Room (November 17, 2015) From Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur, some of the most iconic and hilarious moments in Pixar’s films were first conceived by the artists featured in this book. But there are hundreds of gags that don’t make it past the cutting room floor, like Mater as a ninja and Sadness wearing mom jeans. Funny! explores this material in depth, showcasing classic moments from all of Pixar’s films to date, plus never-before-published illustrations and doodles from the Pixar archives. With an introduction by veteran story man Jason Katz, this book is a must-have for any Pixar fan.


Pixar The Animator's Sketchbook


The Animator’s Sketchbook (September 8, 2015) Creating an animated film takes a lot of work, from the texture of a character’s hair to the shot sequence of a high-speed car chase. This Pixar-branded sketchbook provides a single volume in which to record the incredible journey of the making of an animated film. It covers the full preproduction process with discrete sections for Concept, Color, Story, Characters, and Worlds. Each section includes an introduction, a handful of inspiring quotes from some of the best artists working at Pixar, and a few key examples of related art. Useful and inspiring, this journal provides a structured space for aspiring filmmakers to workshop their ideas through all phases of development.

With such an exciting lineup of books coming this fall, be sure to order your copies now (click any title above or the links below) and get ready to absorb details from Pixar’s story team, animation team, and beyond!

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