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Guillermo del Toro Cab­i­net of Cu­riosi­ties By Guillermo del Toro & Marc Zi­cree [Harper De­sign, $60]

Imag­ine if you were good friends with cin­e­matic ge­nius Guillermo del Toro and he in­vited you to his amaz­ing house and showed you some of the bril­liant sketches and draw­ings he had done through­out his ca­reer. Well, this new book pro­vides us with a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence by fea­tur­ing early draw­ings, sketches and sto­ry­boards from the Mex­i­can mas­ter’s oeu­vre. Not only is there a wealth of art from movies such as Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Back­bone, Blade II, Hell­boy and its se­quel, Pan’s Labyrinth and last year’s Pa­cific Rim, we are also treated to some of his de­signs for un­fin­ished projects like At the Moun­tains of Mad­ness and Meat Mar­ket. There’s even a sec­tion de­voted to del Toro’s fa­mous home (known as Bleak House) in Cal­abasas, which holds many of the macabre ob­jects he loves (we’re talk­ing movie props, books, char­ac­ter fig­ures and life-size sculp­tures in­clud­ing the mon­ster Sam­mael from Hell­boy, and even some To­toro col­lectibles!). Over­all, it’s an in­sight­ful glimpse into the mind of one of the most cre­ative and dar­ing film­mak­ers of our time.

The CG Story By Christo­pher Finch [Mona­celli Press, $75]

The fan­tas­tic vis­ual jour­ney from Ed Cat­mull’s 1972 A Com­puter An­i­mated Hand to Dis­ney’s lat­est fea­ture Frozen is a fa­mil­iar one to an­i­ma­tion and CG fans and pro­fes­sion­als. But what cel­e­brated au­thor and artist Christo­pher Finch ( The Art of Walt Dis­ney) brings to his lat­est 368-page epic is a sense of va­ri­ety and won­der about what the art form’s pioneers (peo­ple like Ge­orge Lu­cas, Steven Spiel­berg, Ri­d­ley Scott, John Las­seter, James Cameron and Peter Jack­son) have con­trib­uted to our mod­ern cul­ture. Show­cas­ing a wealth of im­ages from the mak­ing of Toy Story, Star Wars, Avatar and other pop­u­lar an­i­mated and CG-laden films, this beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion is a great keep­sake for those of us who have wit­nessed how in­no­va­tions in tech­nol­ogy have trans­formed the medium and al­lowed visionaries such as James Cameron and John Las­seter to re­al­ize their fan­tas­tic dreams for au­di­ences around the world. We as­sure you that you won’t tire of leaf­ing through the pages of this spec­tac­u­lar tome.

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