The Art of Pocahontas

The Art of Pocahontas

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by Stephen Rebello
     
 

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The story of the creation of Pocahontas, of the inspiration and imagination that a brilliant team of filmmakers brought to a project that presented a unique set of artistic challenges, is the story told in The Art of Pocahontas. Never before has the vision underlying a Disney film been so thoroughly illuminated, from the earliest presentations of concept art and story…  See more details below

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The story of the creation of Pocahontas, of the inspiration and imagination that a brilliant team of filmmakers brought to a project that presented a unique set of artistic challenges, is the story told in The Art of Pocahontas. Never before has the vision underlying a Disney film been so thoroughly illuminated, from the earliest presentations of concept art and story ideas through the final animation work. The cornerstone of The Art of Pocahontas is, of course, the art itself: over 400 beautiful color and black-and-white illustrations detailing every aspect of production: concept art that took the first steps of establishing the Arcadian mood of the film; character sketches that chart the gradual refinements and animation of the leading figures; storyboards that with a few brilliant strokes of pencil or charcoal express the drama of Pocahontas's story; and the stunning background art, idyllic landscapes composed of strong vertical and horizontal elements, modeled after the natural beauty of the Virginia countryside. In The Art of Pocahontas we hear the voices of the film's director, producer, art director, composer, lyricist, scriptwriters, background artists, and animators describing their contributions to the project: the early scouting trips to Virginia to research Native American culture and period detail; the visual brainstorming that helped define the look of the film; the preparation of a script that would be true to the spirit of Pocahontas's life and legend yet present her story in a new way to a worldwide audience; the design of the key human characters of Pocahontas and John Smith, as well as featured animal players and the magical Grandmother Willow; the song development process; the preparation of background art that would be faithful to the fierce beauty of the American landscape yet have its own style; and the production of the special environmental effects of wind and water, crucial to a film so thoroughly rooted in the natural world.

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Gordon Flagg
The Disney animation juggernaut has high hopes that "Pocahontas" will equal or surpass in revenues last year's blockbuster, "The Lion King". Whether it does or not, plenty of kids and adults will line up to see its romanticized, revisionist, politically correct take on the historical legend of the Indian princess Pocahontas and Capt. John Smith, and many will then want to look behind the scenes with this handsome coffee-table presentation that features 400 color and black-and-white illustrations, ranging from early conceptual drawings to production stills, and commentary by the movie's creators. The book downplays the film's message of multicultural harmony and its ecological import, instead stressing its compelling character designs, lavish backgrounds, and bold color schemes. Libraries in which the art book accompaniments for other recent Disney animated features have proved popular should add this one, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786862115
Publisher:
Disney Editions
Publication date:
11/22/1996
Series:
Disney Miniatures Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.67(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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