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Disney's newest animated feature, Zootopia, is a comedy-adventure starring Officer Judy Hopps, a rookie bunny cop who has to team up with fast-talking scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to crack her first case in the all-animal city of Zootopia. This lushly illustrated book offers a behind-the-scenes view of the elaborate artistry involved in creating the film. Copyright ©2016 Disn Disney's newest animated feature, Zootopia, is a comedy-adventure starring Officer Judy Hopps, a rookie bunny cop who has to team up with fast-talking scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to crack her first case in the all-animal city of Zootopia. This lushly illustrated book offers a behind-the-scenes view of the elaborate artistry involved in creating the film. Copyright ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Disney's newest animated feature, Zootopia, is a comedy-adventure starring Officer Judy Hopps, a rookie bunny cop who has to team up with fast-talking scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to crack her first case in the all-animal city of Zootopia. This lushly illustrated book offers a behind-the-scenes view of the elaborate artistry involved in creating the film. Copyright ©2016 Disn Disney's newest animated feature, Zootopia, is a comedy-adventure starring Officer Judy Hopps, a rookie bunny cop who has to team up with fast-talking scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to crack her first case in the all-animal city of Zootopia. This lushly illustrated book offers a behind-the-scenes view of the elaborate artistry involved in creating the film. Copyright ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

30 review for The Art of Zootopia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nerea

    I wish this book had 500 pages and more info MOREEEEEE! Are always a big artist working on these films and making a ton of stuff that finally never gets to to light and it´s always fantastic to see it and to see how we arrive to this final film. We know is probably pretty impossible to get the work perfectly at the first attempt and the WAY is important to see and know. Lovely! I really hope after reading and seeing all this work and sketches, they could work on other works in the city exploring al I wish this book had 500 pages and more info MOREEEEEE! Are always a big artist working on these films and making a ton of stuff that finally never gets to to light and it´s always fantastic to see it and to see how we arrive to this final film. We know is probably pretty impossible to get the work perfectly at the first attempt and the WAY is important to see and know. Lovely! I really hope after reading and seeing all this work and sketches, they could work on other works in the city exploring all these other zones and characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    I don't know if I've gotten pickier about movies over the years, or if movies have been getting worse. It's becoming increasingly rare for me to leave a movie theater loving the experience enough to want to dash home and immediately add the DVD to my wishlist. It's even rarer for me to look up something like an "Art of" book so I can dive more deeply into the world - but I've done this twice in the last couple of months. I ordered The Art of Zootopia first, back in March, but some odd delay (per I don't know if I've gotten pickier about movies over the years, or if movies have been getting worse. It's becoming increasingly rare for me to leave a movie theater loving the experience enough to want to dash home and immediately add the DVD to my wishlist. It's even rarer for me to look up something like an "Art of" book so I can dive more deeply into the world - but I've done this twice in the last couple of months. I ordered The Art of Zootopia first, back in March, but some odd delay (perhaps it was in such high demand it had to be reprinted? I don't know) meant I didn't receive my copy until mid-May. It's a shame, because I might have liked it more if I hadn't received (and read, and loved) The Little Prince: The Art of the Movie first. The Little Prince was exquisitely told, both on film and in the lovingly compiled behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process. Zootopia was an equally wonderful movie, but the book leaves much to be desired. Don't get me wrong: the art itself makes it worth keeping, although I'd recommend shopping around for a deal, because the $40 cover price is rather steep. It's a lush collection of sketches, concept art, and character design. The artists' talent is extraordinary, in that way that always makes me shrink into myself a bit, feeling like a massive underachiever in my life. Disney knows how to make high-quality movies, and how to hire the best people in the business. All of that is visible from even a quick skim of the pages. That's the issue, though: this book wasn't made to be read - not from cover to cover, or by someone who wanted to actually learn more about the process of the character design or the behind-the-scenes decisions or anything that would put this book on the same level as The Little Prince's. I recently attended a panel discussion at a book festival, where a successful screenwriter spoke about his experience working in Hollywood. "The film execs told me that viewers don't have more than a 15 minute attention span," he explained (paraphrased). "As long as there's continuity in that 15 minutes, we're told they won't notice if it contradicts or conflicts with something earlier in the film." He objected to that notion. So do I - but it explains a lot about the industry and about my frustration with movies of late. Zootopia itself doesn't suffer from this disheartening flaw; there's careful attention played to the characters, and to the arcs of their stories. But this flaw is visible in the book Jessica Julius, senior creative executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios, put together. I don't fault the artists, or the directors, or the other wonderfully creative folks who built the groundwork for the film. I'm also sure that Julius is exceptional at her regular job. But she was absolutely the wrong person to "write" this book. If you can call it that. It's fair for something marketed as an art book to have little text, although I think it's a missed opportunity for fans to get to know the film crew, and to fully appreciate the individual touches their work brought to the final product. By the end of The Little Prince: The Art of the Movie, I felt like I had a strong grasp of the main contributors to each aspect of the movie. Maybe it had a smaller set of people working on it. Disney is a behemoth. The number of names scattered through the pages makes it hard to keep track of who, exactly, did what. The credits for a Disney movie are overwhelming. (I'm the kind of person who likes to sit through credits until the end, even when there's no special scene embedded. I'm also the kind of person who meticulously reads the acknowledgements sections in books, because I find it fascinating to see where creative people get their inspiration and support.) Maybe Disney doesn't want individual artists to seem too responsible for the film's success, since that takes away from the powerful entity of Disney Itself. It makes me think of the old days of Disney, when the artists' names were intentionally withheld from works. If you've followed my reviews for any length of time, you'll know that I love the classic Donald Duck comics, especially the ones by Carl Barks. I've been collecting the beautiful Fantagraphics Books editions, which restore Barks's name to the covers and provide the kind of historical and cultural context that I feel adds significantly to an experience of reading a work. But this isn't something Disney has traditionally embraced. Anonymity and a focus on the idea of collaborative work allowed Disney to build its brand, and to retain its stamp of authority even when its artists and authors moved on to other venues. I think it's safe to say that most people don't focus on the directors' or animators' names when choosing whether to see a Disney (or Pixar) movie. They see Disney and flock to the theaters. In fact, Zootopia didn't even have a director. It has two! With a load of other powerful voices chiming in to sway the story one way or another. It's a high-functioning corporation. But it is a corporation, and that comes across in this book. The little text that is present reads more like filler language than an actual attempt to tell the story of the movie's development. There are a few interesting tidbits thrown in, like an offhand note about the artists figuring out how to make each animal's tail fit into its clothes without it simply looking like a hole had been cut in the pants. It's a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain, and it made me realize how well the movie had handled this issue, because I don't remember any awkwardness in the clothing choices in the film. Oddly, though, there aren't corresponding images in the book that show the animals from the back. No concept sketches of different ways to make the animals' tails fit into the human-style pants. No art that shows the final, successful solution. The text is almost entirely detached from the art, other than quotes from various artists smattered across the pages in little speech bubbles to visually break up the wall-to-wall images. Julius might as well have included Lorem ipsum text and called it a day. That's how hard she seemed to have worked on telling a compelling story in this volume. (It means, as much as I loved Big Hero 6, I definitely won't be buying its art book, because Julius was the "writer" of that volume as well.) Here's an example of the laziness in the writing. A quote, from page 10: "Lasseter encouraged the team to dive deeply into research before they began thinking about story, plot, or characters." Interesting, right? Disney prioritizes research, making sure there are months dedicated to laying the groundwork before putting pen to paper (or stylus to screen). That level of detail shows in the final products. I'm a huge Disney fan. So why did I pull this sentence out? Because it appears again, word for word, on page 28. The only exception is that Lasseter's name has been replaced by a pronoun in the sentence's second appearance. Clearly, I wasn't supposed to notice this. Because no one's going to read these books, I guess. There are also some pretty careless grammatical errors scattered in, including an improper "it's" in the Foreword. That was written "by the directors," so I suppose it's merely an example of insufficient editing. Even the John Lasseter preface and the directors' foreword were oddly repetitive, with exact phrases repeated, as though they were both pulling from sales pitches they'd memorized and could recite by heart. The movie is worth seeing and owning. The art is beautiful. The book is, sadly, much less than it could have been.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Taken a break from novels, I switched to some art production. I enjoyed this book and the movie it accumulated into. The world of these animals is diverse and feels alive. Yet it also tackles the idea of prejudices shifting in the underbelly of this vibrant city. Altogether it makes for a great, buddy detective story that touches a bit on crime noir as well. I always love looking at the concept design and storyboards as I feel partial to that pre-production work. I only wish there was even more Taken a break from novels, I switched to some art production. I enjoyed this book and the movie it accumulated into. The world of these animals is diverse and feels alive. Yet it also tackles the idea of prejudices shifting in the underbelly of this vibrant city. Altogether it makes for a great, buddy detective story that touches a bit on crime noir as well. I always love looking at the concept design and storyboards as I feel partial to that pre-production work. I only wish there was even more shown of earlier character development work for secondary characters, too. I loved seeing pieces that were cut, but could have been in the movie as well. Those examples being Koslov and Morris, the Meadowlands (Biker and trucker sheep galore!), Honey Badger's bigger role, and Nick's Wild Times Club. So much that can be explored in this city. Yet it's condensed down well to suit the film, and not give away too much. Despite streamlining it, it's still a worthy read and art viewing book that displays the dedication the artists put into such a detailed work.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alicia May

    Yep it's a book about art but it's pretty wordy and I'm counting it because I'm stressing I won't finish my challenge in time also it's my reading challenge, bog off! ;) For real though this was such an interesting read, I love the behind the scenes of how they designed the characters and locations it's beautiful and my dream career. Yep it's a book about art but it's pretty wordy and I'm counting it because I'm stressing I won't finish my challenge in time also it's my reading challenge, bog off! ;) For real though this was such an interesting read, I love the behind the scenes of how they designed the characters and locations it's beautiful and my dream career.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leen

    The Art of Zootropolis book takes you through characters, environments, cinematography, and story. The art featured in the book is so detailed and thought out. There's no denying the hard work that went into developing Zootropolis. The Art of Zootropolis book takes you through characters, environments, cinematography, and story. The art featured in the book is so detailed and thought out. There's no denying the hard work that went into developing Zootropolis.

  6. 4 out of 5

    feux d'artifice

    i really liked how this artbook went into the description of all the different locales featured in the movie :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandar Ovnarski

    This book was very different from what I expected. To some degree, I thought it would be a retelling of the movie, with perhaps some behind-the-scenes bits and maybe a director interview. It would still have been worth getting if that was the case; instead, you get a much more complicated look at Zootopia, which makes you appreciate what an amazing amount of work was done on this movie before the animation even begun. The amount of effort far exceeds what most people know about animation ( in my This book was very different from what I expected. To some degree, I thought it would be a retelling of the movie, with perhaps some behind-the-scenes bits and maybe a director interview. It would still have been worth getting if that was the case; instead, you get a much more complicated look at Zootopia, which makes you appreciate what an amazing amount of work was done on this movie before the animation even begun. The amount of effort far exceeds what most people know about animation ( in my case just character sheets and a storyboard is all I know about), and makes you more appreciative of the complexity of this highly creative team effort that is Zootopia. It is also very educational to look at all the diverse material that needs to be generated to explore this new world, and the different directions that the worldbuilding could have taken. I read in a book on writing about some of these techniques, and you can really see signs of all the effort this story has required; for instance, you can clearly notice "iterative outlining", which requires the author(s) to outline a storyline multiple times, each time changing an aspect of the world they are building and then analyzing the result to see which version works best. It appears that in animation this may be a standard operating procedure, and you can see glimpses of how Zootopia would have been, in a more dyspepsia setting. Another storytelling technique you can notice, this time from a Donald Maas books on writing says you should ask what the characters are doing where they are not "on stage", or what they did before your story even begun. I never thought I would have a chance to see both of those in use, which really puts in perspective how hard and demanding crafting Zootopia must have been.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana Dengo

    If you love Zootopia and are debating about getting this book, just go ahead and do it, you won’t regret it. The book is great about walking you through the thought process of the studio. You learn about the multiple itertations the story went through, and how they eventually settled on the plot that made it to the screen. In addition to scrapped plotlines, it also includes architecture, regions, and characters that also didn’t make it into the film. It also lets you appreciate the little design If you love Zootopia and are debating about getting this book, just go ahead and do it, you won’t regret it. The book is great about walking you through the thought process of the studio. You learn about the multiple itertations the story went through, and how they eventually settled on the plot that made it to the screen. In addition to scrapped plotlines, it also includes architecture, regions, and characters that also didn’t make it into the film. It also lets you appreciate the little design aspects that are only visible for a few seconds in the movie; like how the city is not just human sized but is intentionally built to accomodate mice and elephants in the same public spaces. As far as art books go, it’s also designed in accordance with the film. You don’t just get an assorted set of images slapped onto a white piece of paper, no, you get colorful titles and backdrops, fun typography, and awesome endpapers with a pattern of advertisements from familiar brands using animal puns. All in all, this art book is an excellent example of intelligent design, where the goal is to search for the solution that makes sense, rather than defaulting to the version we already know and don’t even have to think about.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    This was a fantastic book for all lovers of the movie Zootopia and the world created for it. As someone who truly felt the depth and potential of story that the world the movie was set in, this was a great read. There are tidbits of insight into the creation and thought process behind each location and subject. One of the regrettable things I would say is that this book didn't have enough. Some of the sections I would have loved to see more of and in depth, larger images, more long and detailed This was a fantastic book for all lovers of the movie Zootopia and the world created for it. As someone who truly felt the depth and potential of story that the world the movie was set in, this was a great read. There are tidbits of insight into the creation and thought process behind each location and subject. One of the regrettable things I would say is that this book didn't have enough. Some of the sections I would have loved to see more of and in depth, larger images, more long and detailed descriptions. Overall, this book is a great addition to my shelf and I'll be sure to use it as a reference to any world-building.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Ever wanted to know more details about the Disney movies you love? The Art of series is doing just that, along with glorious full-color shots, sketches and notes on those very movies. It's a movie lover's dream. The Art of Zootopia cleverly covers the film's storyline, possible additional storylines and gives readers a better idea of the story's evolution. It's a gorgeous book, and one that I've had on my wishlist for quite a while. I snagged this at the Last Bookstore in LA--it was a signed hard Ever wanted to know more details about the Disney movies you love? The Art of series is doing just that, along with glorious full-color shots, sketches and notes on those very movies. It's a movie lover's dream. The Art of Zootopia cleverly covers the film's storyline, possible additional storylines and gives readers a better idea of the story's evolution. It's a gorgeous book, and one that I've had on my wishlist for quite a while. I snagged this at the Last Bookstore in LA--it was a signed hardcover copy with a library clear film dustjacket cover. All in all, I think it is a great souvenir AND a great addition to my library.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    A fantastic companion piece to the movie. This book tells the story of how the world of Zootopia came about and, more importantly, is filled with tons of development images and ideas that didn't make it into the final film. It's an insider's peek at how decisions get made and story plots develop as research and development get under way. My one gripe is that the texts are rather repetitive. It's like there were points the author/studio really wanted to get out there and they made sure of it by re A fantastic companion piece to the movie. This book tells the story of how the world of Zootopia came about and, more importantly, is filled with tons of development images and ideas that didn't make it into the final film. It's an insider's peek at how decisions get made and story plots develop as research and development get under way. My one gripe is that the texts are rather repetitive. It's like there were points the author/studio really wanted to get out there and they made sure of it by repeating every pertinent point several times in different chapters. A bit annoying, but a minor thing compared to how great the visual aspect is.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rubi

    I loved looking at the stages of art throughout movie, looking at the different stages and hearing about the different ideas and how it evolved to the beloved movie we have seen now. It was interesting and it gave me a chance to truely appreicate the artwork that went into this movie. I think I may just buy it

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    What an awesome collection of visual development pieces for one of my favorite movies! Really well presented--you even get to see some locations and characters that were cut from the film! For fellow artists and storytellers, there are some nuggets of wisdom and skill hidden in here as well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Daniel

    I love this art book if the best Disney Computer Animated movie ever! Nothing is better than a world of Anthropomorphic Animals. I love it how the book beings you further and deeper into the story of the movie. This book is so colorful, wild, savage, and beautiful. I love this book so very much!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Ball

    Great world building, fascinating art.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Madisen

    I love this movie but this book didn't add much to it. I love this movie but this book didn't add much to it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Artemis Hobbs

    Solid work. Just solid. My favorite pieces in this were definitely the environment work. Tundra Town is a beast even conceptually.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ulina

    Wonderful resource for inspiration and insight into making a feature animated film.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Bauer

    Zootopia Art Great insight to the design of a different world. The details are incredible and unused elements inspire what could have been.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liviu

    Super inspirational, and it helped me discover Cory Loftis.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Cristina

    I love so much this movie and currently this book, I'm so passionate about animation and now that I discovered these books that tell the process, it makes even more magical to me. I love so much this movie and currently this book, I'm so passionate about animation and now that I discovered these books that tell the process, it makes even more magical to me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Constantly inventive and delightful. If there was a never-ending supply of this content, I could look at it forever.

  23. 5 out of 5

    NostrumWorks

    An interesting in depth view into the behind scenes of the movies art direction. Cool concepts, love the creative ideas and overall was worth the buy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    A fun way to look at the movie and it not be a kid book, but spoiler alert - my kids love looking through these!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Queen

    Loved spending more time in the vast world of Zootopia. Great art. Repetitive blurbs though -- either needed better/more writing or to remove the writing except for necessary captions.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Artsy_Dory

    I really liked this book ! I found it very intresting to read about the twists and turns this story went through. The art was outstanding. You can see the team for this movie was incredibly inspired, motivated and all in all simply wonderful ! I really liked the descriptions and walk throughs of the world building that went into this project ! Loved this

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lindsical

    The Art of Zootopia book was magnificent. It included gorgeous illustrations, concept art, and background designs. All of the facts and tidbits about the production really make you appreciate how much hard work went in to the making of the film. The artists spared no expense on detail and thought of /everything/. I mean, it's amazing to think they had to plan how the clothes would look on animals that have different kinds of fur. It's not as simple as putting clothing on animals, but they have t The Art of Zootopia book was magnificent. It included gorgeous illustrations, concept art, and background designs. All of the facts and tidbits about the production really make you appreciate how much hard work went in to the making of the film. The artists spared no expense on detail and thought of /everything/. I mean, it's amazing to think they had to plan how the clothes would look on animals that have different kinds of fur. It's not as simple as putting clothing on animals, but they have to anticipate how the fur under the clothing would look and each different kind of fur would cause the fabric to look and move in different ways itself. The only thing I wish there would have been more of would be character designs. I would have loved to see more art of all the animals in the movie. I would say about 60-70% is background, buildings, and landscape. While all of that is incredible in itself, I'm more about the characters. I also would have loved to see more art of the alternate storyline itself. I've seen a lot on the internet that I was hoping would have been included in the book. There is just so much to Zootopia itself, I understand they had to limit what would go into the Art of book. Can we just have a volume 2, please? :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Along with the Art of Moana, I got The Art of Zootopia for Christmas, and I loved this one more than The art of Moana. This one just had so much interesting concepts for the cities and different environments that was a shame they didn't make it into the movie. I loved this so much. Along with the Art of Moana, I got The Art of Zootopia for Christmas, and I loved this one more than The art of Moana. This one just had so much interesting concepts for the cities and different environments that was a shame they didn't make it into the movie. I loved this so much.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leaf

    Interesting but if you're wondering about character or plot development it's not really explained here Excellent artwork and in depth explanation of technical methods but lacking depth in explanation and development of the plot of the film in relation to the visual development As an animation nerd this made me very happy but I was disappointed to find that the explanations of what each image was and how they ultimately contributed to plot or character development were brief and vague. I was hopi Interesting but if you're wondering about character or plot development it's not really explained here Excellent artwork and in depth explanation of technical methods but lacking depth in explanation and development of the plot of the film in relation to the visual development As an animation nerd this made me very happy but I was disappointed to find that the explanations of what each image was and how they ultimately contributed to plot or character development were brief and vague. I was hoping for more nitty gritty detail. Overall an excellent book! I would recommend buying the hard copy of it if you can afford it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tory

    I recently rented Zootopia as part of my quest to catch up on all of Disney's new (well new-ish anyway) animated movies, and was happily surprised by how much I liked it. Makes me want a site like Goodreads for movies even more so I can talk about it! Please? The "Art of" book is pretty awesome, from my limited perspective anyway. I haven't seen a lot of the concept art books for the CG animated films yet, so there's not whole lot for me to judge it by. The biggest bookstore close to me has a fr I recently rented Zootopia as part of my quest to catch up on all of Disney's new (well new-ish anyway) animated movies, and was happily surprised by how much I liked it. Makes me want a site like Goodreads for movies even more so I can talk about it! Please? The "Art of" book is pretty awesome, from my limited perspective anyway. I haven't seen a lot of the concept art books for the CG animated films yet, so there's not whole lot for me to judge it by. The biggest bookstore close to me has a frustratingly small selection and the chance to afford buying them comes along not often enough for me!

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