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The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation celebrates the humor and zaniness of Disney's thirty-fifth animated feature film through an extraordinary display of spectacular art and a unique description of the creative process. The Art of Hercules focuses on the moments of inspiration and epiphany that breathe life, humor, and romance into an animated film, showcasing the sk The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation celebrates the humor and zaniness of Disney's thirty-fifth animated feature film through an extraordinary display of spectacular art and a unique description of the creative process. The Art of Hercules focuses on the moments of inspiration and epiphany that breathe life, humor, and romance into an animated film, showcasing the sketches and artwork that come to define the look of the animated characters.


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The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation celebrates the humor and zaniness of Disney's thirty-fifth animated feature film through an extraordinary display of spectacular art and a unique description of the creative process. The Art of Hercules focuses on the moments of inspiration and epiphany that breathe life, humor, and romance into an animated film, showcasing the sk The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation celebrates the humor and zaniness of Disney's thirty-fifth animated feature film through an extraordinary display of spectacular art and a unique description of the creative process. The Art of Hercules focuses on the moments of inspiration and epiphany that breathe life, humor, and romance into an animated film, showcasing the sketches and artwork that come to define the look of the animated characters.

30 review for The Art of Hercules: The Chaos of Creation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Drew Graham

    I've owned this for probably longer than any of my other Disney art books, and I was so glad to sit down and take the time to read it (a lot of time, actually, since it was damaged in a flood at work, and I had to wait to order a new one, after which I ended up finishing the wrinkly, warped copy anyway). It's a really nice volume on the art and making of this frantic, fantastic Disney film. In the tradition of the oversized art books from the previous Disney films, this is a large volume of art a I've owned this for probably longer than any of my other Disney art books, and I was so glad to sit down and take the time to read it (a lot of time, actually, since it was damaged in a flood at work, and I had to wait to order a new one, after which I ended up finishing the wrinkly, warped copy anyway). It's a really nice volume on the art and making of this frantic, fantastic Disney film. In the tradition of the oversized art books from the previous Disney films, this is a large volume of art and text relative to the creative process behind this movie. When Hercules was released in theaters, I was thoroughly obsessed with it (to the point that my parents were a little worried... seriously though, these days seeing a movie multiple times in the theaters is hardly cause for concern). This book celebrates and outlines through text and images all the steps of creation that made this movie so special and unique in the line-up of Disney animated canon. To make it stand out among its fellow Disney animated films, the creators of this movie wanted to take it a sort of different artistic direction than previous Disney animated movies, but still somehow make it fit with the brand and the reputation of the studio. It was interesting to read about all the chaos that this process caused and how the elements began to come together to make a cohesive movie. Drawing inspiration from the bold, fresh style of illustrator Gerald Scarfe, directors Ron Clements and John Musker (of Aladdin and The Little Mermaid fame) led a team of artists to adapt this interesting but sometimes severe look to what they call Neo-Greco-Disney-Scarfian Style. Featuring varied artwork, including Scarfe's concept sketches, character designs, storyboards and layouts, CGI-renderings and finished production stills, this book has a lot of really beautiful images, from a series of smaller graphics across a two-page spread to full-page color graphics. Artists such as Andreas Deja, Joe Grant, Randy Cartwright, Andy Gaskill, Randy Haycock, Ken Duncan, Nik Ranieri, Sue Nichols, Eric Goldberg, and, of course, Gerald Scarfe, are represented nicely. The text leaves a little to be desired, however. It had a lot of good insight into the development of the sense of humor of the movie, as well as the prominent core themes, but much of the book is spent gushing about the team of directors, making them sound just a little more revolutionary than they probably were. The theme of "Chaos of Creation" seemed to be pushed a little bit too much throughout, but it tied it together thematically. There were also some gimmicky little asides next to character sketches, as if the characters were interrupting the text to insert their own commentary, but those were fairly sparse. Sometimes I wish these books would stick to the visuals (and brief supplemental information) and cool it on the text, but this one wasn't as bothersome as others. Also, this is sort of immaterial, but what's the reasoning behind the shape and layout of this book? It doesn't match the previous Disney art books, and the partial slip-cover can be (and, in the case of mine, was) easily damaged. Just a little snark about the presentation. This is a really fun and "hip" art book about the making of Hercules, containing hundreds of fantastic images related to the film, from earliest design concepts to finished animation stills. I'm really glad to have it in my collection. Fans of the movie will naturally love it, but enthusiasts of ancient Greek design or animation or art in general (especially Gerald Scarfe fans) will really enjoy it too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) Here's another oversized art book for one of Disney's traditional animated film, Hercules. It's directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. This book is filled with character designs, storyboards and production stories. The variety of character design is really great, contributed by amazing artists including the directors themselves. There are the paint, pencil, ink and watercolour. The character sketches are really a delight to look at. You'll see artworks from (More pictures at parkablogs.com) Here's another oversized art book for one of Disney's traditional animated film, Hercules. It's directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. This book is filled with character designs, storyboards and production stories. The variety of character design is really great, contributed by amazing artists including the directors themselves. There are the paint, pencil, ink and watercolour. The character sketches are really a delight to look at. You'll see artworks from Andreas Deja, Joe Grant, Randy Cartwright, Andy Gaskill (art director), Gerald Scarfe (production designer) and Sue Nichols (production stylist) among many others. There's plenty of writeup also, which come in the form of interviews and quotes from the production crew, talking about the artistic style of the movies, the characters and, well, the directors. It's really interesting to see Disney's doing their own style for Greek mythology, a refreshing contrast of comedic caricatures versus the solid Greek statues and drawings we've grown accustomed to. Behind the front cover, there's an illustration of the typical column art with Greeks fighting, and inside the back the cover, it's the same illustration but this time all the soldiers have smiley faces on them. I though that was brilliant and hilarious. The Art of Hercules is a beautiful art book well worth the money, especially for the character art.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sylwia

    After The Art of the Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Art of Pocahontas, this one was a let down. It read like an ode to the creators and not like an ode to the film itself. There was barely any analysis of the movie, which is what I buy these books for. Bummer. I will re-read it in the future and hope to enjoy it more reading it when I know what it offers and what it doesn't. After The Art of the Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Art of Pocahontas, this one was a let down. It read like an ode to the creators and not like an ode to the film itself. There was barely any analysis of the movie, which is what I buy these books for. Bummer. I will re-read it in the future and hope to enjoy it more reading it when I know what it offers and what it doesn't.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    A lovely and descriptive collection of art compiled into this jumbo book. I loved reading interviews on how they came up with the curves and character attributes for the movie. I also liked seeing Gerald Scarfe's and Andy Gaskill's concept art. I only wish they could have gone more into detail on their story tweaks. Such as why they chose to change a lot of the original myth structure? Examples being like that in the original myth Hercules wasn't Hera's son, Pegasus was in his own myth, and the A lovely and descriptive collection of art compiled into this jumbo book. I loved reading interviews on how they came up with the curves and character attributes for the movie. I also liked seeing Gerald Scarfe's and Andy Gaskill's concept art. I only wish they could have gone more into detail on their story tweaks. Such as why they chose to change a lot of the original myth structure? Examples being like that in the original myth Hercules wasn't Hera's son, Pegasus was in his own myth, and the actual reasons behind the 12 Labors. But then again they probably had to reconfigure it for kids. It would be kinda awkward to show Hercules being Zeus's illegitimate son, Hera the angry villainess over that, and that Hercules does the labors to redeem himself for murder. Still, it was great to see how the film built up over time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Some particularly exciting concept art, an ingenious subtitle, and absolutely insufferable text. Half the book is about how Ron Clements and John Musker are genius perfectionist filmmakers...in a book about Disney's 'Hercules.' A third of the book features quotes from artists kvetching about how hard it was to adapt Gerald Scarfe's style into the Disney house style. Characters appear in the margins, responding to the text with "edgy" sarcasm. The analysis of the character designs is over-written Some particularly exciting concept art, an ingenious subtitle, and absolutely insufferable text. Half the book is about how Ron Clements and John Musker are genius perfectionist filmmakers...in a book about Disney's 'Hercules.' A third of the book features quotes from artists kvetching about how hard it was to adapt Gerald Scarfe's style into the Disney house style. Characters appear in the margins, responding to the text with "edgy" sarcasm. The analysis of the character designs is over-written to the point of word saladry. Which is actually a pretty apt summary of Disney's 'Hercules,' in its way: rich source material, but self-congratulatory and eager to please without having much to offer, snarkily embarrassed about its worthwhile bits, and you sorta can't believe a major company let it be released in this state.

  6. 4 out of 5

    τλιϓλ

    I must say that I didn't think I'll enjoy this book fully like what happened to me, right after I finish the book I find my self smiling and kindda shocked that I really did finish it. Nice book, I enjoy each chapter with all the details, sketches, pictures and the way they made the book is just lovely, I liked it a lot. Those who watched the film will surely adore the book more than any one ^_^ I must say that I didn't think I'll enjoy this book fully like what happened to me, right after I finish the book I find my self smiling and kindda shocked that I really did finish it. Nice book, I enjoy each chapter with all the details, sketches, pictures and the way they made the book is just lovely, I liked it a lot. Those who watched the film will surely adore the book more than any one ^_^

  7. 4 out of 5

    (Jen) The Artist Librarian

    A nice glimpse into the creation of Disney's animated film, Hercules. I wished there was more about the making of the film, especially compared to some of Disney's other "Art of" books ... but still a great read to take a look at. A nice glimpse into the creation of Disney's animated film, Hercules. I wished there was more about the making of the film, especially compared to some of Disney's other "Art of" books ... but still a great read to take a look at.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hassan Hosny

    I loved this book because it shows wonderful art by the people who worked on my favorite Disney animated feature. It even shows great work done by Eric Goldberg.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julia Milius

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cora rose maria hont

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex Huai

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rita Antosik

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tara Lawson

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Damian

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tesney Wheeler

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  19. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ïl

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kaley Bales

  22. 5 out of 5

    blake butcher

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Lambert-Maberly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Allison MacDougall

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Logan

  26. 5 out of 5

    shrikes

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro Garcia

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nem

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rashinta

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