In contrast to some lengthy animated film you've seen before, "Rango" is an exclusive story from director Gore Verbinski and ILM, voiced by Johnny Depp and a blend of rare humor with a Gonzo visual flair and enduring heroic archetypes. from the western. This full-color book, with a directorial first part, is richly illustrated with vivid, visually creative sketches and finished concept art.
Rango is the movie that proves that "Animation" and "Cartoon" are not synonymous.
The Ballad of Rango describes in detail how director Verbinski and his production staff came to that decision, and how they and ILM carried it out.
Cohen presents the story of the making of Rango from the earliest suggestions to live-action director Verbinski to consider an animated movie, to the decision against making another childrens'-oriented cartoon, the assembly of the creative staff and the key production staff, the partnership with ILM, and the making of the movie.
The last half of the book is devoted to close-ups focusing upon every character in Rango, and there were many more characters than you realized.
There are the key sequences: Rango's terrarium, the Salvador Dali-inspired giant goldfish, the hawk escape, the saloon, Rango's shootout with Rattlesnake Jake.
this book is so diferent because is an art book from a marvelous movie, the book have storyboards and firts desing from all characters, (that´s magic for me). And Rango is my favorite movie jaja
I was enjoying the book when I felt something was off. The pages came off the spine. Now, they are hanging by the threads that hold the pages together. I don't know if it's just my copy or the printing batch.
Anyway, if you're getting this book in UK or Europe, it's distributed by Titan Books. The prices are slightly different. Not sure about the binding quality for that.
Luckily, the content is pretty good. The concept art are very beautiful. I think the artists really nailed the character designs. They look quirky and wacky, and have a great sense of personality, from their looks to posture to attire. The harsh desert environment sure is unkind to these characters. You can almost feel the dryness of their skin, or even sand in their hair. Most of the character designs are from production designer Crash McCreery.
Besides the town and buildings, there aren't a lot of other environment art. The other images included are some storyboards and film stills.
The film is made by Blind Wink Productions and Industrial Light & Magic. The book features a good amount of commentary on how the characters, design concepts and the experiences of working on a full length animation - a first for both the director Gore Verbinski's production studio and ILM.
The book is enjoyable with the great art and stories but the binding is a letdown
I originally picked this up for my kids, thinking they might like to look into how one of their favorite movies was made. I began flicking through and reading parts of it myself and was surprised how much I got out of it as an aspiring filmmaker and artist. The poetic foreword by Gore Verbinski alone is enough reason to pick up this book. I'm going to have to check it out from the library again to look through it more.