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Bold and beautiful, this volume presents hundreds of film stills from the Pixar archives in a glorious spectrum of color. Starting with bright white images and seamlessly flowing through the colors of the rainbow, it becomes crystal clear how each frame tells a story. Bound into a gorgeous volume, The Color of Pixar encapsulates everything there is to love about the studio Bold and beautiful, this volume presents hundreds of film stills from the Pixar archives in a glorious spectrum of color. Starting with bright white images and seamlessly flowing through the colors of the rainbow, it becomes crystal clear how each frame tells a story. Bound into a gorgeous volume, The Color of Pixar encapsulates everything there is to love about the studio: the attention to detail, the playful characters, and the sheer scope of their work in over 20 years of iconic feature films.


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Bold and beautiful, this volume presents hundreds of film stills from the Pixar archives in a glorious spectrum of color. Starting with bright white images and seamlessly flowing through the colors of the rainbow, it becomes crystal clear how each frame tells a story. Bound into a gorgeous volume, The Color of Pixar encapsulates everything there is to love about the studio Bold and beautiful, this volume presents hundreds of film stills from the Pixar archives in a glorious spectrum of color. Starting with bright white images and seamlessly flowing through the colors of the rainbow, it becomes crystal clear how each frame tells a story. Bound into a gorgeous volume, The Color of Pixar encapsulates everything there is to love about the studio: the attention to detail, the playful characters, and the sheer scope of their work in over 20 years of iconic feature films.

30 review for The Color of Pixar: (History of Pixar, Book about Movies, Art of Pixar)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    It's A Great little book which shows stills from a wide range of Pixar movies. I'm Not sure the colour works on all pages but it's a nice little book to flick through.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vickey Volk

    Pretty but pointless

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    While this is an intriguing concept, collecting static scenes from Pixar movies and arranging them across the color spectrum, the execution isn't at all what I would have hoped or wanted. Each image is framed by what is supposed to be its dominant (I guess?) color, yet in some cases it's clearly a stretch. The images are delivered entirely without commentary, just a citation for the movie title and year, so this feels like a lost opportunity to examine how the use of color impacts the tone, emot While this is an intriguing concept, collecting static scenes from Pixar movies and arranging them across the color spectrum, the execution isn't at all what I would have hoped or wanted. Each image is framed by what is supposed to be its dominant (I guess?) color, yet in some cases it's clearly a stretch. The images are delivered entirely without commentary, just a citation for the movie title and year, so this feels like a lost opportunity to examine how the use of color impacts the tone, emotion and delivery of the scene. I was expecting to read more about how the use of color for characters, environments and situations supplemented or reinforced the dynamics of the scene, but this was a total bust. Basically, if you want to look through a scenebook, this is the one for you. If you're looking for actual information about Pixar animation and technique, skip it; this is not the book you seek.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle

    This book is absolutely beautiful to look through. This book contains single frames from all different Pixar movies ranging from Toy Story to the newest one - Coco. You look at each frame - out of context and it uses the spectrum of color has a connecting theme. Very beautiful

  5. 5 out of 5

    J.S.

    This is a beautiful little book. In spite of its small size - only 8.25" wide by 6.25" tall - I think of it kind of like a little coffee table book. The book seeks to show how color is used in the films of Pixar. As the introduction explains, the idea is to take "single frames from the studio's films and [look] at them out of context, using the spectrum of color as a connecting theme." Each scene is framed with the color - beginning with white and shading to blue-violet and through all the color This is a beautiful little book. In spite of its small size - only 8.25" wide by 6.25" tall - I think of it kind of like a little coffee table book. The book seeks to show how color is used in the films of Pixar. As the introduction explains, the idea is to take "single frames from the studio's films and [look] at them out of context, using the spectrum of color as a connecting theme." Each scene is framed with the color - beginning with white and shading to blue-violet and through all the colors until it ends with red, red-violet, and finally black. It isn't so much that each color is exactly dominating in each scene as much as it highlights that color and how it's used. And that's the bulk of the book - 348 pages (1.5" thick) - with only a forward and brief introduction but no explanation. Personally, I would have preferred to have some explanation, but art students may find this minimalist approach perfect. My daughter is something of a budding artist and she appreciated the book a great deal. For myself, I just enjoyed seeing the pictures from the films - I actually love animated shows (cartoons, in the language of my generation) and have seen most of the Pixar films.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    For true Pixar Fans. This is a beautiful little book full of beautiful photo stills of the movies you know and Love. Little details you may have missed in the movie can be seen in these. The forward says that you see each of these shots for 1/24th of a second. We grabbed this on our way out of the library today seeing it by chance. My 9 year old and I sat looking at it while hiding from my younger son who would have claimed it as his own and would never have let us return it. We are a Disney fam For true Pixar Fans. This is a beautiful little book full of beautiful photo stills of the movies you know and Love. Little details you may have missed in the movie can be seen in these. The forward says that you see each of these shots for 1/24th of a second. We grabbed this on our way out of the library today seeing it by chance. My 9 year old and I sat looking at it while hiding from my younger son who would have claimed it as his own and would never have let us return it. We are a Disney family, and this is definitely a book i wouldn't mind having on the coffee table...if we had a coffee table. *Now as far as learning anything about film with this book...its a no go. It had potential to share some insight as to why they used what colors and what mood they were trying to get across using their color choices. This isn't that book. It is a fancy picture book that you might yell at your kids for touching.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aliya

    Although there wasn't any context as to why these particular scenes were chosen and how the color schematic was used in each scene, it was pretty cool seeing the scenes tied together in a way that lets you connect the different movies together that you otherwise probably wouldn't have (at least for a layperson like me). What stood out to me the most is how the different colors were used to relay emotions felt within the scene or that they were trying to get you to feel from the scene - or at lea Although there wasn't any context as to why these particular scenes were chosen and how the color schematic was used in each scene, it was pretty cool seeing the scenes tied together in a way that lets you connect the different movies together that you otherwise probably wouldn't have (at least for a layperson like me). What stood out to me the most is how the different colors were used to relay emotions felt within the scene or that they were trying to get you to feel from the scene - or at least your interpretation of it. Some of the images didn't quite fit the color it was associated to - not directly anyway, and I felt like some of them could have just as easily been placed in other color locations. Regardless, it was interesting to look through.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    While a few of the selected images seemed to be a stretch for the "color" selection they represented, this was still a well put together, pretty book. The page numbers were entirely unnecessary but the movie credit at the bottom of each page was nice because although most were easily recognizable a few were such background shots you couldn't tell where they were from. I was surprised a how well the older films (Toy Story, Bug's Life) held up against the newer ones (Finding Dory, Coco) because so While a few of the selected images seemed to be a stretch for the "color" selection they represented, this was still a well put together, pretty book. The page numbers were entirely unnecessary but the movie credit at the bottom of each page was nice because although most were easily recognizable a few were such background shots you couldn't tell where they were from. I was surprised a how well the older films (Toy Story, Bug's Life) held up against the newer ones (Finding Dory, Coco) because sometimes age of a work can be jarring in a book like this. In general it was cool to see the detail in stills because unless you worked on the film or like to pause a film a lot you usually don't interact with the medium in this way.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Pretty book with stills from various Pixar films. I like the context/motivation behind the book, but I would have liked some text for each still that talks about why they chose that color/some backstory behind the scene. Browsing through the pages, I also felt like there weren’t a lot Pixar films? There were a lot of references to Finding Nemo and Cars. I would have enjoyed this concept more if there was a Disney film compilation - since there are at least 5x more Disney films than Pixar films. Pretty book with stills from various Pixar films. I like the context/motivation behind the book, but I would have liked some text for each still that talks about why they chose that color/some backstory behind the scene. Browsing through the pages, I also felt like there weren’t a lot Pixar films? There were a lot of references to Finding Nemo and Cars. I would have enjoyed this concept more if there was a Disney film compilation - since there are at least 5x more Disney films than Pixar films. The way the book is, I think an avid Pixar film fan would really enjoy it - they could try and remember what scene each picture is from.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nadina

    I really liked this. The progression of color from white to blue through the "rainbow" to red then black was really cool but also very fluid, each page merged slightly more into the next color, so while from the side the pages look like they are chunks of color, as you go through it moves really smoothly from one color into the next. I liked all the pictures that were chosen and how the color was evident on each picture. This book made me fall in love with Pixar all over again and I would like t I really liked this. The progression of color from white to blue through the "rainbow" to red then black was really cool but also very fluid, each page merged slightly more into the next color, so while from the side the pages look like they are chunks of color, as you go through it moves really smoothly from one color into the next. I liked all the pictures that were chosen and how the color was evident on each picture. This book made me fall in love with Pixar all over again and I would like to own MOST of the Pixar collection at some point.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this book. It was super short but had a lot of great images from Pixar films. As an art teacher, I will defintiely use these when teaching students about color theory! I think it was a little overpriced though. I would've preferred $5 instead of $10. Great images though! I wish they explained the color more and gave more context on their creative intention for each scene. Even a small description of what color was used, why it was used, and what emotion it was mean to evoke and what was I liked this book. It was super short but had a lot of great images from Pixar films. As an art teacher, I will defintiely use these when teaching students about color theory! I think it was a little overpriced though. I would've preferred $5 instead of $10. Great images though! I wish they explained the color more and gave more context on their creative intention for each scene. Even a small description of what color was used, why it was used, and what emotion it was mean to evoke and what was happening in the scene would have been really helpful.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Incredible! Each frame is only seen for 1/24 of a second (the blink of an eye) on film, and yet, each is a stand alone work of art. Each frame is a beat in a greater story and yet, has its own possibilities. Look closely and you'll see the detail in these animations is phenomenal. Initially, I was skeptical of the images being arranged by color, but it really serves to showcase the brilliance of Pixar's use of color to create a variety of moods. A lovely coffee-table book, the perfect gift for a Incredible! Each frame is only seen for 1/24 of a second (the blink of an eye) on film, and yet, each is a stand alone work of art. Each frame is a beat in a greater story and yet, has its own possibilities. Look closely and you'll see the detail in these animations is phenomenal. Initially, I was skeptical of the images being arranged by color, but it really serves to showcase the brilliance of Pixar's use of color to create a variety of moods. A lovely coffee-table book, the perfect gift for a Disney/Pixar fan.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    The cover design is beautiful. This book is full of movie snippets from most of the Pixar movies, more like a picture book. What's nice about this is that it gives you glimpse of movie moments and scenes which wouldn't have caught your attention. However, I felt the photos picked weren't as special and a lot came out to be darker than expected. Also if you're a fan of Coco, you'll be disappointed as there are only few pages from that movie.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (JT)

    This was not exactly what I was expecting. I picked this up after reading The Art of Coco which had beautiful artwork along with some text from different artists that worked on the project. The short paragraphs helped explain the creative process and made you appreciate the finished product so much more. I was hoping that this would be similar, but it unfortunately only has two pages of introduction at the beginning. It instead goes through the rainbow with a still from a Pixar movies which have This was not exactly what I was expecting. I picked this up after reading The Art of Coco which had beautiful artwork along with some text from different artists that worked on the project. The short paragraphs helped explain the creative process and made you appreciate the finished product so much more. I was hoping that this would be similar, but it unfortunately only has two pages of introduction at the beginning. It instead goes through the rainbow with a still from a Pixar movies which have that color as the primary color in that frame. The only text is the title of the movie and the year it was released. While this is a pretty cool coffee table book, it probably will not hold anyone's attention for very long. It did make me appreciate the colors that Pixar uses though.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Gabriel

    This book is great for drawing, painting, designing, etc. because you can see how different colors relate to each other, and how you can use them to push or diminish a certain feeling. I really do think it's an important book to have as an artist//aspiring artist//someone who just wants to learn more about colors.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Kleback

    Gorgeous book that arranges cels from beloved Pixar films into a color spectrum. This format really shows how color helps to convey the emotion of the story. If you are a lover of Pixar animation - as I am -- this book will help you relive these lovely moments and give you all the feels.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Stunningly beautiful PIXAR picture book. If you like animated movies you will love this little gem. All pages are different colors and of various movies. I could look at this over and over again and I have. I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.Thank you Chronicle Books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenee (her/hers)

    Such a relaxing and giddy feeling looking at beloved scenes, organized by the color spectrum

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thia Reads A Lot

    The Color of Pixar - Tia Kratter, John Lasseter (Foreword) Rating: ★★★ This small book collects an interesting array of single frames from Pixar films ranging from Toy Story (1995) to Coco (2017), arranged by color (starting with white then purple, finishing with red then black). Flipping through it, it seems some movies (The Good Dinosaur and A Bug's Life to name a few) are over-represented compared to others (Coco in particular). The short films are also absent, with the studio's mascot Luxo the The Color of Pixar - Tia Kratter, John Lasseter (Foreword) Rating: ★★★ This small book collects an interesting array of single frames from Pixar films ranging from Toy Story (1995) to Coco (2017), arranged by color (starting with white then purple, finishing with red then black). Flipping through it, it seems some movies (The Good Dinosaur and A Bug's Life to name a few) are over-represented compared to others (Coco in particular). The short films are also absent, with the studio's mascot Luxo the lamp featured in the first two frames of the collection. Overall, this book is enjoyable to flip through but doesn't present anything new.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Pixar has such brilliant cinematography. Their use of framing and color is magnificent. This collection of stunning images is something to marvel at and learn from.

  21. 4 out of 5

    τλιϓλ

    A sweet and colorful journey in Pixar's world through this little book

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Just under 4 stars - visually stunning but lacking something. Review coming soon once i've had a think.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Beautiful book - a must for everyone who loves the art of Pixar.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angeline Lee

    All movie stills, zero text. Very disappointing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jade Louise

    This book would make a great addition to the shelves of anyone that collects Disney related coffee table books. The experience of looking through the pages was an enjoyable one, seeing scenes well known to me and others I'd hadn't fully absorbed before... However, it is very much a 'looking through the pages' experience, and not a reading one. Very little written in this book. I understand the film stills are perhaps supposed to speak for themselves, but some context behind them (or even the col This book would make a great addition to the shelves of anyone that collects Disney related coffee table books. The experience of looking through the pages was an enjoyable one, seeing scenes well known to me and others I'd hadn't fully absorbed before... However, it is very much a 'looking through the pages' experience, and not a reading one. Very little written in this book. I understand the film stills are perhaps supposed to speak for themselves, but some context behind them (or even the colour process) would have been greatly appreciated - and elevated this from a 4 star to a 5 star for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Such a gorgeous book. It’s fun to flip through and see shots that are in some of your favorite Pixar films or might be your favorite shot from that movie. Perfect coffee table book or great gift for any Pixar fan.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Luisa

    Be advised, this is not a "Art of [pick a movie]" type of book! I saw a few reviews and comments of disappointment on this, so I hope this works as a warning. The book is composed of several different frames from pixar movies by color, presented through out the rainbow. From white, to lilac, purples, blues, turquoises, greens, yellows, oranges, reds, browns and black. No concept arts, no characters and no texts (other then the foreword and the introduction). According to the introduction, at Pixar Be advised, this is not a "Art of [pick a movie]" type of book! I saw a few reviews and comments of disappointment on this, so I hope this works as a warning. The book is composed of several different frames from pixar movies by color, presented through out the rainbow. From white, to lilac, purples, blues, turquoises, greens, yellows, oranges, reds, browns and black. No concept arts, no characters and no texts (other then the foreword and the introduction). According to the introduction, at Pixar, they use color scripts, and each scene predominant color is selected to convey an emotion or a mood, that they transmit to the audience without the use of dialog. It is indeed quite an interesting process. I recommend this book if you are looking for art references or study, or if you are a big fan of Pixar's work (one that really wants more visual details of their process). As for the graphic work, and design, it is a quality paper, hard-cover one, which I appreciate for art related material. 4/5 as I enjoy the quick reference I can get for art works, and the book is a well-made product. Hope you enjoy it as well! Have a nice day!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janet Savill

    This will be an art book I refer to again and again. I love Pixar and this book speaks through the language of images of some of my favourite films. There are two short essays at the beginning and then the colour coded pages lead through the entire catalogue of films. I was surprised by the questions and emotions that surfaced over such a simple flip book. Sometimes the colours that match the frames are not always obvious within the images and sometimes the sequencing of images through different This will be an art book I refer to again and again. I love Pixar and this book speaks through the language of images of some of my favourite films. There are two short essays at the beginning and then the colour coded pages lead through the entire catalogue of films. I was surprised by the questions and emotions that surfaced over such a simple flip book. Sometimes the colours that match the frames are not always obvious within the images and sometimes the sequencing of images through different films tells a story of its own. Pixar and Khan Academy have a free online training program that teaches about making the films and this book complements the colour exercises and teachings beautifully. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it'll sit on my table to be enjoyed again soon.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    * Beautiful book. My daughter, and aspiring artist, loves paging through this to get inspiration. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  30. 5 out of 5

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