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
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.