The Color of Pixar

Pal­ette clea nser A book that’s chock–full of in­di­vid­ual frames from Pixar movies, grouped ac­cord­ing to their dom­i­nant colours

ImagineFX - - In Depth Dramatic Figure - Au­thor Tia Krat­ter Pub­lisher Chron­i­cle Books Price £22 Web www.chron­i­cle­ Avail­able Now

Key frames from Pixar’s en­tire film out­put are or­gan­ised ac­cord­ing to their dom­i­nant colours, for your view­ing plea­sure.

Ever stood in an art gallery and spent ages gaz­ing at a paint­ing? Then con­sider how, as John Las­seter notes in the fore­word, an an­i­ma­tion frame typ­i­cally ap­pears for just 1/24 of a sec­ond. “But each one is a work of art in it­self,” he points out, and so this 152-page book of­fers a way to right the bal­ance. Fol­low­ing the brief fore­word and in­tro­duc­tion, what you get here is a series of beau­ti­ful frames from Pixar’s films: one per page. And beyond the name of the film (the likes of WALL-E, A Bug’s Life, Mon­sters Inc, Find­ing Nemo, Cars, Toy Story, Up and In­side Out), that’s all the text there is.

What’s unique here is how Tia Krat­ter – who works as a shader art di­rec­tor for Pixar – has picked which frames to fea­ture. As she ex­plains in her in­tro­duc­tion, the im­ages are grouped to­gether not by film but ac­cord­ing to their dom­i­nant colour, so if you turn the book onto its side, it re­sem­bles a rain­bow

We’re not en­tirely con­vinced how use­ful this is as an ex­er­cise, but that hardly mat­ters. What you get is a hun­dreds of iconic-look­ing Pixar art­works to im­merse your­self in, and if that’s your bag, then you’re cer­tain to love this book.

This still from In­side Out fea­tures – per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly – in the book’s blue sec­tion.

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