Stuart Little: The Art, the Artists, and the Story Behind the Amazing Movie

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The official tie-in to Columbia Pictures' hit holiday movie, from the co-director of the animated hit The Lion King—with over 200 illustrations, the script and story behind Sony Pictures Imageworks' latest state-of-the-art computer and imaging wizardry that brought E.B. White's classic mouse to life on-screen. Though only a three-inch mouse, Stuart Little represents as huge an advance in filmmaking as his long-ago predecessor, a mouse named Mickey. Now digital characters, complete with personality performance and...

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Overview

The official tie-in to Columbia Pictures' hit holiday movie, from the co-director of the animated hit The Lion King—with over 200 illustrations, the script and story behind Sony Pictures Imageworks' latest state-of-the-art computer and imaging wizardry that brought E.B. White's classic mouse to life on-screen. Though only a three-inch mouse, Stuart Little represents as huge an advance in filmmaking as his long-ago predecessor, a mouse named Mickey. Now digital characters, complete with personality performance and lifelike qualities, share the screen with live actors—both human and feline. All of these elements were combined to make a seamless film. The result is nothing short of astonishing. How did they do that? Stuart Little: The Movie and the Moviemakers answers that question in stunning detail. Including the shooting script, and illustrated throughout with photos, paintings, blueprints, line drawings, computer graphics, and footnotes, this book explains how the movie incorporates groundbreaking visual effects technology in the realm of photo-realism by the artists and innovators of Sony Pictures Imageworks. The book also details the development of innovative software by Alias/Wavefront and other leading digital firms. For film buffs and fans of Stuart, Stuart Little: The Movie and the Moviemakers is a joyful celebration of the evolution of E.B. White's beloved 1940s classic mouse into an actor for the new millennium.

The cast features: Geena Davis as Mrs. Little, Hugh Laurie as Mr. Little, Jonathan Lipnicki as George, Michael J. Fox as the voice of Stuart, Nathan Lane as the voice of Snowbell the Cat. Filmmakers include: Director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King), Producer Douglas Wick Wolf, Working Girl), Special Effect Supervisor Jerome Chen (Contact), Senior Visual Effects Supervisor John Dykstra (Star Wars: A New Hope), Animation Director Henry Anderson (Coca Cola's Polar Bears).

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Bringing a film to the screen is a long involved process, especially with live action and cutting-edge 3-D realism. Stuart Little was six years in the making after Columbia Pictures bought the movie rights. For fans of the movie, this is a great collection of materials. Developing the character was a great feat of animation. A lot of testing and experimentation was required to make Stuart believable. The artists, director, writer and other members of the production crew discuss their role in the process. The sailing scenes were done with models, which created its own challenges. The attention to detail is awe-inspiring. Literally months of work went into making Stuart's clothes and fur realistic. It's an interesting look at how a children's classic is remade and changed, with many of the changes driven by technology. 2000, New Market Press, Ages 8 to Adult, $24.95. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557044075
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Sunshine is the author of more than sixty books, including novels, humor books, and other Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks on the films How to Train Your Dragon 2, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Mummy: Tomb of the Emperor Soldier, Angels & Demons, and Saving Private Ryan. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction 8
The Illustrated Script 24
Credits 142
The Filmmakers 144
The Cast 152
Film Credit Roll 154
Acknowledgments 160
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2000

    THE book if you want to know how it's done...

    Very complete from beginning to end. This book tells more about the process of creating a digital character than anything else out in print. A must have for anyone who loves animation, film, or little furry creatures.

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