Chronicle’s Fall 2011 Animation Books

My favorite publisher Chronicle Books recently announced their fall publishing line-up and it includes three books that may be of interest to Brew readers:

A first of its kind book: Setting the Scene: The Art & Development of Animation Layout by Fraser MacLean. I haven’t seen anything from it, but I know Fraser has been working his tail off to finish the book. It promises to be a comprehensive examination of animation layout practices, both past and present.

Setting the Scene

Sasquatch’s Big Hair Drawing Book by Chris McDonnell. Chris has worked on animated series like Yo Gabba Gabba! and Tom Goes To The Mayor and also designed Bill Plympton’s new coffeetable art book. His drawing activity book should be something like this.

Big Hairy Drawing Book

The Art of Pixar: The Complete Color Scripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation by Amid Amidi. Yes, that’s me. But even though my name is on the cover, there won’t be a whole lot of my writing in the book. The book is almost entirely artwork, which is exactly as it should be since it’s called The Art of Pixar. It’ll be all kinds of classy.

The Art of Pixar


  • http://www.wardjenkins.com Ward

    Awesome. I’m always a big fan of Chronicle Books. (I’m currently working on two baby board books for Chronicle, by the way.) Looking forward to checking out the Pixar color scripts!

  • http://www.onanimation.com Daniel Caylor

    Finally some books on Layout, with this one and the upcoming Archives Series one coming out. Thanks for the tip! :)

  • http://highlyrecommended.blogspot.com Satorical

    I also hopes this answers readers who try to simplify your views as “AMID HATES PIXAR!”

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    Chris McDonnell taught in the classroom across from my own this past semester.
    He’s a terrific fellow.
    Buy several copies of his book.

  • http://johnpannozzi.blogspot.com John Pannozzi

    Very nice, but I still wonder when we’ll see Amid’s Art of John K. & Spumco book.

  • Tom R

    Fraser MacLean is awesome! He’s lectured at my college and helped me out a great deal.

    I’ll definitely be getting it!

  • http://yoebooks.com craig yoe

    pixar art book must have!

  • http://www.animatedviews.com Randall Cyrenne

    I love color scripts. I`ll be picking up that Pixar book for sure.

  • Keegan

    I really wanna see that Spumco book finished… what’s goin’ on with that?

  • The Gee

    Congrats on all three releases.

    A Chris McD activity book? How weird it is?

    The Pixar book? I’m sure it is chock fulla goodness.

    The book on Layout is most welcome, too. I look forward to reading some reviews on that one in particular.

  • Richard Gadd

    Seeing the cover of the layout book reminds me that if you live in London – and if you are not already aware, the BFI on the south bank is running a long season of showing the Disney “50″ features (the cover reminded me as I saw 101 dalmations there earlier in the week).

  • Rufus

    I don’t get it Amid, one post you’re spitting flames at Pixar, the next post you’re saying you put together a book of theirs. How does that compute? How have they not yet branded you with a hot “hater” iron?

    • amid

      How have they not yet branded you with a hot “hater” iron?

      Rufus, It’s probably because the people at Pixar have stronger reading comprehension skills than you, and they recognize that criticizing the quality of a New Yorker article about their company does not reflect an actual criticism of Pixar itself.

      Further, my suggestion that I’d like to read more insightful articles about the company does not suggest that I’m “spitting flames at Pixar”, only that I feel the most successful animation company of the last few decades deserves more thoughtful reporting that explores all facets of the company’s operations.