The Art of Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia 2

A be­hind-the-scenes look at this hor­ri­fy­ingly adorable block­buster se­quel that’s su­pe­rior to sta­ple film-art books

ImagineFX - - Inspiration Books - Editor Brett Rector Pub­lisher Ti­tan Books Price £30 Web www.ti­tan­ Avail­able Now

Movie tie-in books can be too eas­ily dis­missed. They have a his­tory of be­ing light on insight, with pub­lish­ers throw­ing some con­cept art on the page, hastily dis­patched to col­lec­tors keen to grow their mound of movie mer­chan­dise.

That’s not what Ti­tan Books do, though. The com­pany has been evolv­ing th­ese books for decades now and The Art of Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia 2 fol­lows a suc­cess­ful for­mula of get­ting right into the nitty-gritty of a film’s pro­duc­tion. Here we’re treated to in­sights from both con­cept artists and pro­duc­tion il­lus­tra­tors, an­i­ma­tors and even di­rec­tor Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky – all pre­sented with a de­sign aes­thetic evoca­tive of the film’s vis­ual lan­guage.

The book re­veals a col­lec­tive of artists keen to see some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent on our 3D an­i­mated screens. In­deed, Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia’s quirky de­signs sit at the edge of a genre too of­ten ac­cused of be­ing ho­mogenised in its out­put. The in­flu­ences of early car­toons are preva­lent through­out the tal­ent in­volved and John Nor­ton’s nos­tal­gic sto­ry­boards along­side both Craig Kellman and Joey Chou’s paint­ings leave us wish­ing more chances would be taken with large an­i­mated movies. We reckon they could get away with it too. If it wasn’t for those pesky kids…

The book show­cases plenty of sketches, con­cepts and film stills from the sec­ond stay at Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia.

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