This is easily one of my favorite art books that I’ve purchased. The primary reason that this is such a beautiful book is because of how much art was included. That might sound funny, considering art books should have lots of art in them, but you’d be surprised how many of them are lacking in development sketches, progression from the original designs to the final take, and really just pictures. One of the bigger let downs I’d had was with the Frozen art book which is over run with background shots and text and seems to only give the characters a few pages of thought. This however is a completely different experience.
I’ve noticed a trend in art books lately trying to blend pictures and blocks of text about the process of creating the film. While I’m obviously interested in the story and how it came to be, in some cases the art takes second fiddle to the description of the animators or directors vision and process. With Tangled I was actually left wanting more. The text included was insightful and funny, but there was still a huge emphasis on the art itself, and it complimented the drawings really well.
Hands down though, this book is amazing for it’s rough sketches. Glen Keane did much of the design for this film and knowing his work on Ariel and Tarzan and Pocahontas, his sketches are simply the best. There are several pages devoted to each character and the variety of the drawing styles is superb.
I couldn’t be happier with this book.