Ad­ven­ture Time: The Art of Ooo

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Chris McDon­nell [Abrams, $35]

At long last, fans can get their first-ever com­pen­dium of the con­cept art­work and sto­ry­boards that go into cre­at­ing Pendleton Ward’s Emmy Award­win­ning com­edy. The richly em­bel­lished book traces Ward’s early in­flu­ences and work, then delves into the Car­toon Net­work vaults to re­veal how the writ­ers, ‘board­ers, an­i­ma­tors and voice ac­tors bring to life the post-apoc­a­lyp­tic, mag­i­cal and al­laround in­ven­tive ad­ven­tures of Finn and Jake.

Pep­pered with com­ments from the show’s key cre­ative staff, this on-page jour­ney into Ooo in­cludes early character sketches, sump­tu­ous back­ground paint­ings and rare looks at the se­ries’ bi­ble. Al­ready a best-seller on Ama­zon just days after its launch, th­ese care­fully col­lected 350-plus pages de­serves a place of honor on any toon lover’s cof­fee ta­ble. Prefer­ably, next to the ear­lier re­leased The Orig­i­nal Car­toon Ti­tle Cards (Ti­tan, $19.95).

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