After an Academy Award win for WALL-E, where else could Pixar Animation Studios go but UP? Their latest film tells the heartwarming story of Carl Fredrickson (voiced by Ed Asner), a 78-year-old widower who feels that life has passed him by -- until a twist of fate takes him on a fantastic journey across the globe to fulfill his destiny.
THE ART OF UP contains more than 250 pieces of beautiful concept art, including storyboards, full-color pastels, digital and pencil sketches, character studies, and color scripts. It also includes amazing stories and images from the South American research trip that inspired much of the film. The director, artists, animators, and production team discuss the challenges and rewards of producing a film that breaks the mold of classic animation to tell the story of a most unlikely hero.
About the AuthorsTim Hauser is the author of THE ART OF WALL-E and THE PIXAR TREASURES, to be published in 2009. An alumnus of the CalArts Character Animation Program, Tim has been a writer, creative executive and producer for over 20 years. He lives in Los Angeles
Pete Docter is the director of UP and the Academy Award-nominated MONSTERS, INC. Along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Docter developed the story and characters for TOY STORY, Pixar’s first full-length animated film, for which he also served as supervising animator. Docter studied character animation at the world-famous California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
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About Pixar Animation StudiosPixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including TOY STORY, FINDING NEMO, THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, RATATOUILLE, and most recently, WALL-E. The Northern California studio has won 22 Academy Awards and its nine films have grossed more than $4.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney-Pixar is UP (May 29, 2009).