Book Review: The Art Of Incredibles 2

The Art Of Incredibles 2, foreword by John Lasseter, introduction by Brad Bird, edited by Karen Paik

I have actually seen Incredibles 2, but I saw it almost by accident, in viewing it on the screens of someone else while traveling in a plane and being somewhat bored because I had not brought enough books to read.  That is perhaps not the best way to go about and see a movie, but so it is.  Since this film is a sequel, a great deal of the work that other films have in creating characters and imagining how they work together has been done already, and one can simply do what this film does and subvert the original a bit by switching things around and adding touches to minor characters to expand the complexity of the story a bit.  The end result, as is the case here, is an accomplished book that manages to show the detailed sort of art work that is necessary to develop a story before the filming is done.  In many cases the artwork is meant to communicate what someone is trying to do and help inspire a great many others as to what one wants to do with the film, which obviously worked out well for them.

In contrast to some of the other books in this series, the drawings here are generally well-developed.  There are a lot of digital paintings that appear to approximate pen and pencil drawings when it comes to new locations for some of the characters in the film, especially the villains, and where there is more rough drawings it is for places and characters that were not in the original film.  This book is pretty straightforward but it is organized, in contrast to some of the volumes in this series, with a foreword and introduction and then four chapters that discuss the film’s characters (including the Parr Family and Edna that ought to be familiar to those who saw the first film), environments, vehicles, and outtakes.  At least for this reader, the outtakes were quite interesting as they demonstrated that as is the case with live-action films, so too with animated films that a lot more is done than ends up being a part of the finished film.  It is hard to know exactly where a story is going to go, I suppose, regardless of what medium one uses to make a film, and the editing process is hard for anything.

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