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A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by Director A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, and interviews with the artists, animators, and production team—including Art Director David Goetz—that shed light on the history and artistry of this landmark film.


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A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by Director A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, and interviews with the artists, animators, and production team—including Art Director David Goetz—that shed light on the history and artistry of this landmark film.

30 review for The Art of Tangled

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannen

    Simply perfection Featuring stunning character designs, environments and story boards for - well, maybe the best animated film ever, the art is just incredibly beautiful.The margin's of every page are covered in Rapunzel's mural paintings and come on... it has Glen Keane, Claire Keane, graphite and digital art, sketches and paintings; what more do you need?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fatma

    tangled is the best disney movie, sorry i dont i make the rules also, this book is beauaauutiifulll. artists are really out here making some truly incredible art. the amount of talent astounds me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gwyn

    If I hadn't already been sure Tangled was the greatest movie of all time, this book convinced me. I got it for Christmas a couple of years back, and am still enamoured by it's beauty. It's brimful of the most stunning concept art and stories from the making of the film, and each page's margin's are decorated with Rapunzel's mural art. My favourite chapter is the one on the Tower, because that is where most of Claire Keane's art is, and the stories of how she came up with the wall art. But the wh If I hadn't already been sure Tangled was the greatest movie of all time, this book convinced me. I got it for Christmas a couple of years back, and am still enamoured by it's beauty. It's brimful of the most stunning concept art and stories from the making of the film, and each page's margin's are decorated with Rapunzel's mural art. My favourite chapter is the one on the Tower, because that is where most of Claire Keane's art is, and the stories of how she came up with the wall art. But the whole book is just so gorgeous, and if you like Tangled and art at all {the two things usually go together!} then you must get this book. I promise you won't regret it! {If you do, I owe you some choc chip biccies}

  4. 4 out of 5

    Syd the Kid

    The only complaint I have about this book is that I felt like it lowkey bashed 2-D art and Glen Keane who at the end of the day is the reason this movie even came to be no matter how much they say otherwise. In addition, I thought there would be more Glen Keane which is disappointing but it was still lovely obviously. There were so many sketches which I love seeing in books because it's so raw and sketches really inspire me to draw. I loved this movie because of both the story and animation, the The only complaint I have about this book is that I felt like it lowkey bashed 2-D art and Glen Keane who at the end of the day is the reason this movie even came to be no matter how much they say otherwise. In addition, I thought there would be more Glen Keane which is disappointing but it was still lovely obviously. There were so many sketches which I love seeing in books because it's so raw and sketches really inspire me to draw. I loved this movie because of both the story and animation, the 3-D was so spectacular that I really think it changed animation all together. Just look at Rapunzel's hair! I'm so inspired to start drawing right now because of this book <3

  5. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is a very beautiful book for Disney's 50th feature film, Tangled, which is also the first 3D computer-animated fairy tale for them. The 160-page hardcover is filled with the very distinctive Disney style art, featuring character designs, environment and storyboards. I love the beautiful character sketches and there are lots of them. Some of the character artists are Jin Kim, Claire Keane, Bill Schwab who drew really expressive characters. But much of them are (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is a very beautiful book for Disney's 50th feature film, Tangled, which is also the first 3D computer-animated fairy tale for them. The 160-page hardcover is filled with the very distinctive Disney style art, featuring character designs, environment and storyboards. I love the beautiful character sketches and there are lots of them. Some of the character artists are Jin Kim, Claire Keane, Bill Schwab who drew really expressive characters. But much of them are drawn by legendary animator Glen Keane, and they really stand out with their lively action poses. It's fun to see the many expressions and tricks Rapunzel can do with her 70-feet hair. Other than Rapunzel, there are sketches for Flynn Rider (prince), Pascal (chameleon), Maximus (horse) and other characters like the bad guys. As for the environment art, you'll get to see the familiar Disney towns and castles as interpreted by artists today. The design inspiration comes from previous Disney films like Cinderella, Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty. Some of the paintings from those films are also included. It's about translating what used to be 2D into 3D and you can read all about the challenges from the artists' interviews. The change in medium for creating Tangled makes it feel like a totally fresh Disney fairy tale, yet it also feels like the older ones at the same time. It continues Disney's legacy in animation in a fine way. This book is a treat to artists, animators and art lovers. A lot of great artists contributed to the art and unfortunately I can't name them all so you'll have to get the book to check out their work.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    Most of the time I really enjoy art books based on movies, but I found this one to be quite underwhelming. The best part of any art book is seeing how the look and style of the artwork develops over time, but this book contained mostly finished versions of the characters and settings. The only two characters who were different from their final versions (and who the animators experimented with) are Mother Gothel and Flynn Rider. I noticed that the sketches that were drastically different than the Most of the time I really enjoy art books based on movies, but I found this one to be quite underwhelming. The best part of any art book is seeing how the look and style of the artwork develops over time, but this book contained mostly finished versions of the characters and settings. The only two characters who were different from their final versions (and who the animators experimented with) are Mother Gothel and Flynn Rider. I noticed that the sketches that were drastically different than the final versions were from artists who weren't as involved in the final versions, which seems to imply that some effort to consult outside the regular art staff was made. I figured for sure that there would be lots of interesting early sketches of Rapunzel (she is the main character, and they could have done a million different ideas with her), but her looks are basically a combination of Ariel's and Cinderella's. Yes, this is a nod to the continuity of Disney style, but it's just too easy! I would have liked to see how far they pushed the character at the early stages, and some of the concepts that did not make it as influences for the final art direction, if only to prove that Disney (the company, not the artists) is capable of thinking outside the box.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a bit of a let-down... it was an adorable book, full of back-story and rough sketches and sumptuous, stylized paintings of who Rapunzel and Eugene could have been. The text would reference hidden things in the pub or in the tower, but not show them. I operate under the life policy of "if you're not going to show then don't tell," so this was vastly irritating. The directors and artists talked of referencing Cinderella and Pinocchio, but the angles of the film always struck me as more Sl This was a bit of a let-down... it was an adorable book, full of back-story and rough sketches and sumptuous, stylized paintings of who Rapunzel and Eugene could have been. The text would reference hidden things in the pub or in the tower, but not show them. I operate under the life policy of "if you're not going to show then don't tell," so this was vastly irritating. The directors and artists talked of referencing Cinderella and Pinocchio, but the angles of the film always struck me as more Sleeping Beauty. All in all, a fun book, just not what I was expecting.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    So many fantastic drawings are crammed into this book that it's kind of disappointing that the movie is computer generated. Unsurprisingly Glen Keane's drawings alone are reason enough to buy the book, but there are plenty of drawings by other artists which are equally inspiring.

  9. 5 out of 5

    alex

    A REALLY GREAT ART BOOK FOR A REALLT GREAT MOVIE!!!! lots of character and story stuff, which i love, and in depth explanations of choices in these areas with a lot of art on every page. and all of that art was so incredible. a good one

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I don't think it's possible to put into words just how much I love Tangled. Ever since that movie has come out I've been captivated with the characters, scenes, and the fantastical elements of the movie. I'd love to have a career with Disney myself someday and thought that it'd be really interesting to see how the original concept for the movie altered and developed throughout the time that the artists were working on these now familiar and beloved scenes and characters. From the villain to the I don't think it's possible to put into words just how much I love Tangled. Ever since that movie has come out I've been captivated with the characters, scenes, and the fantastical elements of the movie. I'd love to have a career with Disney myself someday and thought that it'd be really interesting to see how the original concept for the movie altered and developed throughout the time that the artists were working on these now familiar and beloved scenes and characters. From the villain to the wonderful lantern scene, everything is explained and shown in detail. I loved getting to see the different stages of brainstorming for everything as well as the beautiful works of art that led up to the actual making of the movie. This book would be perfect for any fan of the movie or any Disney fan in general. I can't draw anything but loved getting to read about what the artists went through to capture the personality of the characters and the general themes of the movie within their settings. A reader and a writer can still get a lot of fantastic information from a book like this, especially if they're a fan, because it shows that these things that are so well known didn't exactly turn out perfectly the first time around. I'm definitely going to be looking into getting more of these art books because this is something that I'll flip through from time to time and maybe learn something new every time that I glance through it. It's just such a joy to see all of the hard work and dedication that goes into a movie like this, a movie that inspires so many people, like me, in so many ways. It's easy to tell in every page just how these artists have put their heart into the project. I really recommend this book for any Tangled fan. It's a fun and creative insight into the creation of the film that I'll keep with me forever.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    My favorite art of book so far- I'm embarrassed of how long it sat bookmarked on my shelf! I can now proudly say I have read it cover to cover, word for word, and it will remain open my studies and work for the rest of my life! Stunningly beautiful! Thank you, Mom!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Iuliana Niculescu

    Wonderful art book, very few movie stills, a lot of concept art, character sketches and digital paintings. Would have like to read more about the shape language they use for the movies though. Overall very inspiring and gorgeous book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    I'm not reading it so much any more as looking at the GORGEOUS pictures! This movie is BEAUTIFUL! Disney has finally made a movie that deserves to join the Disney classics.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Isabel

    Beautiful illustrations and concept art!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elena Delgado

    I've been after this book since it came out - so for seven years I've wanted to read it and never could. And after reading the whole thing in a sitting (it took me hours and days to stop looking at the art, though) I only have one major complaint about it: it is too short! I know it's what a normal "art of" book length is, but I was so into the way the story was developed, the way the characters evolved and how they solved the little issues that in all honesty did not see it coming when suddenly t I've been after this book since it came out - so for seven years I've wanted to read it and never could. And after reading the whole thing in a sitting (it took me hours and days to stop looking at the art, though) I only have one major complaint about it: it is too short! I know it's what a normal "art of" book length is, but I was so into the way the story was developed, the way the characters evolved and how they solved the little issues that in all honesty did not see it coming when suddenly there was no more. It's true that if it were up to me I would have the whole process extremely detailed - from concept art to storyboard to casting and developing and production and every single detail of how Tangled became what's in our screens today, but still I guess this book is as close as I'll get to carving a hole in the wall of the disney studios and watch it all unfold. All being said, I loved each page and I can see myself wearing the book out from the many many times I'll re-read it (and use it to copy the concept art, cause there's nothing more fun to draw than Rapunzel).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a beautiful work of art on its own. Tangled has been my favorite Disney princess movie since it's debut in 2010, and I was thrilled to learn about the behind the scenes decisions and see the beautiful artwork that audiences would not otherwise get to see. I learned so much about the world, characters, mood, and lighting and I loved every second of it. For anyone who is a fan of Disney or just art in general I would fully recommend reading this book and looking at all the work the animat This was a beautiful work of art on its own. Tangled has been my favorite Disney princess movie since it's debut in 2010, and I was thrilled to learn about the behind the scenes decisions and see the beautiful artwork that audiences would not otherwise get to see. I learned so much about the world, characters, mood, and lighting and I loved every second of it. For anyone who is a fan of Disney or just art in general I would fully recommend reading this book and looking at all the work the animators put into the movie from story to costume to character. You never really understand how much work something takes, but this book took me a step closer to understanding the passion, work, sweat, tears, and blood put into each of the Disney Movies. Beautiful book with wonderful insight! I cannot wait to watch Tangled again armed with my new knowledge.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I LOVE the movie Tangled so freaking much! It's one of my absolute favorites Disney princess movies nay one of my favorite movies period! It's charming and funny and cute and visually stunning, so I liked reading this book to get a behind the scenes look at how it all came together from the scraped idea to the new idea for the story to the storyboards to the characters to the setting and more. A great read for anyone who adores this film!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    The artwork included is amazing as expected. The world building and scene design sections were not only informative in the history of making this film, but also had useful tips for artists. There was a kind of low grade sexism in the character design part and some of the visual gags in other parts that made me uncomfortable. However, this book was EXCEEDINGLY shiny and well put together.

  19. 5 out of 5

    nicole

    We're still into The Art Of books at bedtime, with copies of a few of the girls favorite movies of the moment ILL'd. I really liked reading this one, because I didn't know anything about shape stories and found it fascinating how elements from Cinderella & Pinocchio were used to create parts of Tangled.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

    Another entry into the Disney/Pixar Art of series of books, the Art of Tangled is a stands along it's predecessors as an excellent mix of a concept art book and a making of book. The art is bright and detailed and the making of segments aren't too wordy and provide a nice insight into the making of the movie.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Louise Rabey

    Beautiful book with beautiful illustrations! Always fascinating to see how a film goes from pre-production to the big screen, and the works of Victoria Ling and Glen Keane in particular caught my eye.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lexi (cubegirl97) Hoefer

    I loved learning about all the little details that went into the making of this movie. I never realized just how much went into it from the different color pallets, tones, and even just the shapes of a scene it was all so fully thought out and I found it completely fascinating.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I really loved learning about process behind my favorite Disney movie! It was very cool to see all of the artwork and hard work of the team. Good job everyone! Tangled is truly a wonderful film.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ann G

    I really enjoyed gaining knowledge of the artistry within Tangled.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly K

    Fantastic! I loved all of the backstories and reading about ideas that didn't make it into the movie. Of course plenty of art also. <3

  26. 4 out of 5

    Drew Graham

    I have always loved looking through the sketches and movie stills in the huge volumes of Disney art books, but I decided it was time I should actually read through them as part of my continual artistic development. I started with the most recent. Tangled was a thoroughly enjoyable film, though I had a couple of minor personal qualms (such as my the frequent name change during production, personal disappointment that I wasn't involved in the creation of the Disney film I always dreamed of making, I have always loved looking through the sketches and movie stills in the huge volumes of Disney art books, but I decided it was time I should actually read through them as part of my continual artistic development. I started with the most recent. Tangled was a thoroughly enjoyable film, though I had a couple of minor personal qualms (such as my the frequent name change during production, personal disappointment that I wasn't involved in the creation of the Disney film I always dreamed of making, and also the fact that it was a 3D-animated film instead of traditionally 2D-animated). Those qualms are for the most part out the window after reading this book. Page after page of exquisite concept artwork and digital renderings, as well as sporadic blurbs of text make me feel somehow connected to the film's creation, and also makes me appreciate the great lengths they took to make the film artistic and quality, regardless of the medium of animation. The text of the book tells a story going from earliest versions of the Rapunzel story and Disney's long history with the idea of making a film based on the original to details on some of the creative process of character and set design (Rapunzel's tower, the Snuggly Duckling pub, the forest, the castle and kingdom), lighting, atmosphere and mood. Author Jeff Kurtti includes quotes from many of the creative crew, including the directors, many of the artists, and artistic consultants John Lasseter and Glen Keane, and provides insight to not only making a film of this depth and artistic complexity, but also maintaining and living up to such a cinematic legacy as Disney has created. The writing is very Disney and not extremely in-depth, but let's face it: the real appeal of this book is the brilliant artwork. Including largely gorgeous gesture drawing sketches, character design and concept art, there are also some finished renderings from the film (though these are relatively scarce for some reason). Featured artists include the incredible character designs of legendary animator Glen Keane, some amazing character and mood work by his daughter Claire Keane, the beautiful paintings of Lisa Keene (unrelated), wonderful character explorations by new favorites Jin Kim and Shiyoon Kim (no relation, as far as I know), and many others. I still feel the drawings have more overall charm and expression and character than the 3D rendered versions, but I just can't complain too much because the overall experience is so visually pleasant and artistically stunning. I love it! It inspired me to do more rough character sketches and explore gesture and expression. Though I probably won't actually read it all the way through that much in the future, I'm sure I'll look through it many more times.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Echo

    I found The Art of The Princess and the Frog on sale, and immediately after finishing it, got it in my head that I needed to find The Art of Tangled, because those are my two favorite Disney films to come out since the 1990s. There's some great artwork in here, but I just couldn't get into the actual text as much as I did with The Princess and the Frog artbook. At one point, there's a story about a 3D animator speaking to one of the animators known for his 2D work. When the 3D animator went on an I found The Art of The Princess and the Frog on sale, and immediately after finishing it, got it in my head that I needed to find The Art of Tangled, because those are my two favorite Disney films to come out since the 1990s. There's some great artwork in here, but I just couldn't get into the actual text as much as I did with The Princess and the Frog artbook. At one point, there's a story about a 3D animator speaking to one of the animators known for his 2D work. When the 3D animator went on and on about showing the 2D animator Rapunzel and the frills, freckles, and details in her design that CGI allowed him to do, the 2D animator responded, "Uh, Glen, what I was wondering is... what is she thinking?" I think that illustrates a lot of the problem I have with CGI, that people get so caught up in making a movie look visually appealing, they lose sight of rounding out the characters and story (Avatar, for example). I don't think Tangled fell into this trap, because the story was magic. The artbook, on the other hand, might have. Where with The Princess and the Frog, I felt like I was reading about the art of creating a Disney movie, with this art book, I felt more like I was reading the science of it. The Princess and the Frog book went into curves and lines and lighting too, but this one went to the extreme that my eyes started to glaze over. Look, I don't want to read page after page about what sort of lines are being used in the composition, or why Disney is such a great place to work (I didn't buy "Why I Work for Disney," I bought "The Art of Tangled," thank you very much). Granted, there were some insights in the text that I really enjoyed, but not enough to outweigh the stuff that left me yawning. The art, on the other hand, I really enjoyed, and I guess that's what really counts since this is an art book, after all. I loved that they included pictures and photographs of some of the things that had inspired the artists, and there were some really wonderful sketches of Flynn and Rapunzel throughout the book. Though the two thoughts I had most frequently when I was looking at the art were, "Wow. That design for Rapunzel's dress isn't hideous. Why didn't they use it?" and, "Oh! I love this character design so much more in 2D! If only they'd gone the traditional animation route..." Yeah. CGI is never going to win me over.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Taylor

    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 there. 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 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 there. 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 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 or process. With Tangled I was actually left wanting more. The text included was not only insightful and funny, 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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    When I first heard about The Art of Dinsey Tangled (aka Rapnuzel) I thought it was going to be a cute little book about the illustrations. What I had not been expecting was this gorgeous practically encyclopedia of the illustrations and artwork of each character and setting with background commentary to complement it and engage a reader with anticipation. Well in my case it is anticipation, since the movie is coming out soon. Even for people after they have seen the film, this book will be so mu When I first heard about The Art of Dinsey Tangled (aka Rapnuzel) I thought it was going to be a cute little book about the illustrations. What I had not been expecting was this gorgeous practically encyclopedia of the illustrations and artwork of each character and setting with background commentary to complement it and engage a reader with anticipation. Well in my case it is anticipation, since the movie is coming out soon. Even for people after they have seen the film, this book will be so much fun. It's like the type of things you find in the DVD extras, but this is in a tangible book format that you can just sit and stare at the images. I was enthralled and educated and surprised by things that I learned about the Dinsey industry as well as the history of the legend of Ranpunzel herself. It was also neat that in some cases I liked other artists renditions and not the final copy quite as much. I think that this book would make a great gift for any Disney lover and family to share. *Thanks to Chronicle Books for providing a copy for review.*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This was such a fun read! I am a HUGE Disney fan and fell in love with this film. Kurtti did an amazing job of showcasing the artwork of the 50th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios and shared a ton of information about the production of the movie. Rapunzel is a story that has been shelved many times over the years and Nathan Greno and Byron Howard were finally able to bring it to the big screen. The artwork was inspired by the images from Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty as well as This was such a fun read! I am a HUGE Disney fan and fell in love with this film. Kurtti did an amazing job of showcasing the artwork of the 50th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios and shared a ton of information about the production of the movie. Rapunzel is a story that has been shelved many times over the years and Nathan Greno and Byron Howard were finally able to bring it to the big screen. The artwork was inspired by the images from Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty as well as many other animated features from Disney's past. It takes time and many different artists to finalize the look and feel of the film, from the backgrounds and locations to the characters and colors. Glen Keane, Claire Keane, Andy Gaskill, Scott Watanabe, Vicotria Ying...just a few of the artists who's work is displayed within the pages of this beautiful book. I will definitely read this book again. :)

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