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Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast (Anglais)

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Présentation de l'éditeur

The Beauty and the Beast legend has a universal appeal; the fairy tale exists in numerous versions throughout the world. During the process of being translated into a Disney film, Beauty and the Beast had several false starts. It was originally conceived as an eighteenth-century period piece, directed by the British husband-and-wife team of Richard and Jill Purdum. After some changes, two new directors, Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, were put in charge of the project. Although he was initially reluctant to do another animated film after The Little Mermaid, the late Howard Ashman came on board shortly after the new directors did. Over many months, the characters and story evolved further, but there were many changes, and wrong turns. Sequences were created, reworked, cut, and added as the film gradually emerged, like a statue from a block of marble.

After all of the ups and downs, Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 to rave reviews and record-breaking box-office business. The film was widely hailed as a technical and aesthetic breakthrough and remains the only animated feature ever to be nominated for an Oscar for best picture. This authoritative book features interviews with artists, voice-over actors, and executives, and transcripts of meetings and story sessions. Illustrations abound throughout, including sketches, caricatures, sequences of animation drawings, and preliminary artwork from discarded scenes. This book will be a must-have for any fan of the “Tale as Old as Time.”

Biographie de l'auteur

Charles Solomon is an internationally respected critic and historian of animation. He has written on the subject for The New York Times, TV Guide, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Modern Maturity, Film Comment, and The Hollywood Reporter. His books include Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent; A Wish Your Heart Makes: From the Grimm Brothers' Aschenputtel to Disney's Cinderella; Tale As Old As Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast; Disney Lost and Found; The Prince of Egypt: A New Vision in Animation; The Disney That Never Was; and Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the first film book to be nominated for a National Book Critics' Circle Award.
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J'ai commandé ce livre car "La Belle et la Bête" est un des animés Disney que je préfère.
Ce livre est excellent, il nous laisse découvrir les secrets de la création.
De plus, il possède de nombreuses photos.
Un must pour les fans de Disney!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A decent "making of" book. 12 février 2017
Par Mitchell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've been wanting to check this book out for awhile, and was pleased to see that it has been re-released under ISBN 978-1-4847-5837-3. I can't speak for the first version of the book as I never had it, but based on Amazon's "Look Inside" and prior customer reviews it appears that the new content is limited to the Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World (p. 176-185) and the live-action film (p. 186-213). As other reviewers have mentioned, there isn't as much art as I'd like there to be (especially of the titular Beast, my favorite character) but it's still nice to look at and read.

If you enjoy the film and don't have the first edition of the book, you'll probably want to buy this one. If you prefer art books with many illustrations or already have the first edition, I'd either pass or wait until you can find it cheaper; I don't think there's enough new content to justify purchasing the book again for about $32.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Breathing new life into a fairytale... 9 avril 2017
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I missed out when Solomon created the first edition of this book, but didn't miss it when its updated version came out. What a beast of knowledge was included here! Truly, there's nothing bad about that. I had so many questions on the choices made for scenes, discarded ideas, and new backstories further explored with these characters. This book talks about those nitty-gritty details on why they chose animators for certain scenes. And how they took a process to finesse the work to take a very dark, moody fairy tale and bring a modern musical flair to it. I personally am touched they talked about Howard's contribution (and spats) that made the music in the movie, and how more of his musical work was added in new editions. I liked how they described the stories origins and Disney incarnations that almost were. My only qualm is they could have talked about further other fairy tale origins of the beastly bride/bridegroom stories from France and all over the world that could be explored (like "The White Cat" which is a reversed gender, "beastly bride" tale). They left it at "Cupid and Psyche" then made the jump to de Beaumont's tale rather quickly. Still, overall many questions were answered (especially with the new movie's added backstories), and splendid artwork was shown at how Disney further pushed the animation industry with this project of incorporating minute character details, and sweeping new camera and digital work that made an overall great movie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 EVERY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST FAN NEEDS THIS BOOK!! 20 février 2017
Par Kathryn England - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book is AMAZING!! I know a lot about beauty and the beast but i still learned a lot from it.
And the art is SO cool. I enjoyed reading parts to my daughters.
I don't know why people are saying their disappointed and what not. I find this very neat and it gives you a sneak peek at the new movie.
I also thoughtit was cool that they put a chapter in it about the park at Disney world. Ive been there and ate at Be Out Guest. We did enchanted tales with belle and my daughter got to play the role of beast and dance with belle. We got drinks from gastons tavern. So seeing all of that in this book was very cool!!
I feel every true beauty and the beast fan needs this.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic 4 décembre 2010
Par Parka - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book reminded me of the oversized art books Disney used to published for Mulan, Pocahontas, Hercules, etc (see links below). Although not as large as those predecessors, the feeling of familiarity really comes from the content. This is a Disney book after all.

There are plenty of beautiful art to be seen. The pages are filled with sketches, storyboards, animation drawings, production drawings, background art, photos of Disney artists at work. The print quality is nice.

A lot of names are mentioned and there's no doubt Disney has some of the most talented artists around. Story artist Brenda Chapman is amazing at capturing the nuances, expressions and feelings of the characters with her storyboards. There are also production paintings from Hans Bacher that set the visual style for the film. The animation line drawings from the animators are wonderful as well. Glen Keane designed the Beast, inspired by a buffalo head he bought from a taxidermist shop.

The commentary follows the production of the film, from the history to the reception after it was screened. It even covers the updated edition for IMAX and the additional footage added. The stories and interviews are interesting and as with every movie, you'll be able to read all about the challenges of making an animated film. There's also a chapter on the Broadway adaption.

This is a great book that I can easily recommend to animation art lovers.


- The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation
- The Art of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- The Art of The Lion King
- The Art of Pocahontas (ISBN:0786861584)
- The Art of Mulan


(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1.0 étoiles sur 5 The book is beautiful. The images and story are all so beautiful 19 mai 2017
Par Margie Salvatore - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The book is beautiful. The images and story are all so beautiful. Everything is perfect about it- EXCEPT if you are looking to keep this item in good condition, as a collectors item, or just love art books- I highly suggest you go find this in person instead of ordering online.
Reason being, the cover has a matte finishing. Which- if handled with greasy/oily fingerprints- leave glossy fingerprints and stains on the cover. I ordered this for my sister for her birthday- it was perfect until I looked at the cover. She loves books, collects them, and keeps them in good condition. The fingerprints all over this cover made it look awful- so I returned it, asking if I could exchange it for one that was handled properly- without stains. Got a second book.... same thing. Fingerprints all over the cover. We tried removing it with water and nothing got it off. I work as a framer and deal with conserving things that are dirty, and there was nothing I could do for this. So both books were returned.
It's really a beautiful book and wonderfully informative, with concept art, stories from stage and screen, from the artists and composers. But the cover, is ruined with these fingerprint stains. If you are looking for something that is in GOOD condition I'd really suggest to go find the book in person and purchase one that wasn't handled this way.
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