Title: The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2
Author: Linda Sunshine, Gerard Butler (Foreword), Dean DeBlois (Introduction)
About: Here is a look behind the frozen fjords and ice caves of Berk at the making of the sequel to a beloved animated classic. This full-color, lavishly illustrated book features more than 650 paintings, drawings, sketches, models, film stills, lighting studies, color keys, story boards, and photographs. Along with quotes from all the principal filmmakers, there is also an introduction by the writer/director Dean DeBlois and a foreword by Gerard Butler, the voice of Stoick.
In this brilliantly conceived sequel, we are on a journey of exploration to new lands, four-winged dragons, long-lost love, vicious and powerful enemies, and ginormous Bewilderbeasts.
How does a movie of such imagination and magnitude come into creation? Well, you begin with an incredibly talented team of artists, writers, engineers, animators, modelers, and tech wizards and you let their creativity soar. The result is a stunning, original vision—bigger, better, and fiercer than ever—of an earth-shattering, fire-breathing sequel to the legendary story of Vikings and dragons in the frozen north.
My Thoughts: My kids and I absolutely love How to Train Your Dragon. It’s one of my favorite animated features ever — if not the favorite. This is one of few films that all three kids of mine love. When the sequel was announced, though, I was probably most excited of all of us! LOL That said, when this book was offered for review, I could not refuse. I was eagerly waiting on the new movie, and knew this would help give me a small taste of it and help me wait.
If it’s not clear, I received this book before How to Train Your Dragon 2 was released. I was thrilled, but wary of looking too closely — worried about spoilers (however unintentional). So, I briefly looked through it, admired some of the illustrations that caught my eye, then put it away. My kids and I saw the movie ASAP after it was released. And it was fantastic. And now I’m finally getting around to reviewing this book for real. Looking at it, reading bits and pieces. Diving on in. (Anything to keep me in this story just a bit longer!)
One word: GORGEOUS! The art has frames from the film, conceptual drawings, and everything in between. I love looking at it all. And there’s so much of it, I can look through this again and again and again and never feel like I’ve seen everything. The writing is great, too. Explanations of what is pictured, and statements from people involved in the movie, from those behind the scenes to those providing the voices that bring various characters to light. That coupled with the foreword and introduction make for some great reading — especially if you love these movies as much as I do.
Source: Sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Read It: You can order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository. (These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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