Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Limited Edition: The Art of Star Wars: the Clone Wars Hardcover Book Review


Holiday Gift Guide: the Art of Star Wars: the Clone Wars Hardcover Book

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Product Description: The Art of Star Wars®: The Clone Wars™ — The imaginations and passions of a whole new generation of Star Wars fans have been ignited by The Clone Wars—the new animated TV series from Lucasfilm; over 8 million viewers tuned in to watch the series’ debut on Cartoon Network. This richly illustrated book is the only publication about the art and making of the popular series, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the immensely talented Lucasfilm Animation team and its groundbreaking work.

The Limited Edition of The Art of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is adorned with exclusive cover art by Russell Chong, Lucasfilm Animation artist, in the tradition of legendary Star Wars illustrator Ralph McQuarrie, and comes with 3 gatefolds and a special vellum envelope containing 8 full-sized pieces of new art from the series designers.

Frank Parisi is an editor at Lucasfilm and has written dozens of articles about video games, film, comics, music, and Star Wars under a half-dozen nom de plumes.

Gary Scheppke is design and continuity coordinator at Lucasfilm Animation.

Dave Filoni realized a lifelong dream with the opportunity to work as supervising director on Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Our take: We are taking a look today at the Chronicle books limited edition version of this title with a slipcase and an envelope full of 8 prints in the back.  The slipcase is a nice hardcover design that well protects the book inside.  I’m a fan of the Clone Wars show, in fact it re-ignited my interest in Star Wars after the ‘prequels’ drove a nail in that coffin.  The Clone Wars animated show is fantastic and it really captures what Star Wars is all about.  This art book serves as a fantastic companion piece to the first season.
The artwork includes production drawings, backround paintings, character development and so much more.   The title also includes many fold out pages that really add a sense of depth and quality.    Its so much fun for me to look at character development and sketch work as a big fan of animation.

You don’t have to be a Star Wars fantatic to enjoy this book.  If you know someone who likes this show even casually, this would be a great gift for them.  Of course any serious Star Wars fan that you know would love to get their mits on it.  If you don’t want to drop the $120 on this great version, there is a standard edition available as well, for about half that price.  We highly recommend this one.

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