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Disney Pixar CARS 2: The Art of CARS 2 – The D’uh You Want It Review

The Art of CARS 2 is totally honest. It is totally 100% freakin’ sheer art.

The sheer amount of art, artistry, blood, sweat, toil and art on every single square smidgen just staggers the imagination. Then you open the book. 🙂

There are the things you’d expect – the sheer details and storyboards … but you also get to see the fun … and work of totally background items that most people might’ve missed entirely …

Including scenes that did not make the final film.

The original story had 5 races – the Paris & Germany race scenes were dropped.

And characters lost … (Zil)

Or just random cool stuff …

Basically, you could buy 2 copies of this book, cut off the cover and binding, buy a bunch of frames and art up your walls.

I’m sure some of you were hoping it was a crappy edition with a ton of pages of just text about how to choose the right brush or what computer stylus is best for CAD design … instead there are several hundred drawings, renderings, illustrations, watercolors, paintings and doodles from a few hundred world class artists. So, as you suspect, it’s really freakin’ great. 🙂

As you can tell from the sample pages above, it’s kind of nice in the way that Hawaii is kind of nice. 🙂

There is a downside to the book. There is a back cover and the book ends at 160 pages. And you do have to wait a few days to get it from Amazon for $26.40.

And it is only available as a Treebook version.

The original Art of CARS is back in print.


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31 December 2011 Disney Pixar, Disney Pixar CARS 3 5 Comments


  • Bumper Save says:

    Sounds awesome!

  • Mike H says:

    I’ve been bobbling a book purchase in my head of this for some time.

    When I got to go to the Cartoon Art Museum’s benefit held at Pixar in early December, they had alot of making-of material hanging in the second floor area of the Pixar Atrium (though we were not allowed to take photos..and I do not want to be blacklisted from Pixar, so I complied).

    The cool thing for me were seeing the maquettes, aka the sculpted cars in turn-around form. I saw Zil (that single-headlight reminds me so much of the Tucker 48, but the image of that car coming out of the smoke would have been a nice surprise), and they even had one of the Galloping Grinder!

    There also was plenty of signage examples, and more. Even the rice-paper calligraphy imagery that hung in the Japanese museum they go to was on display in smaller form, with the calligraphy markings resembling cars.

    I always hate the people that go, ‘Oh, Pixar just got lazy and decided to make another stupid movie about cars. Just wanted a quick cash-grab.’ I still don’t feel that could be the case when one looks at all the art and effort they put into the film.

  • Wraukn says:

    I am always amazed at the amout of detail that Pixar puts into their movies. But like John said, there’s some charm lacking that Cars1 had. I can watch Cars2 over and over just to check out the backgrounds, however I can watch cars1 over and over for the story.

  • hostile takeover banker says:

    Awesome artwork! Another NEED!

  • John in Missouri says:

    Ver nice, but they still cannot top the magic of the original.

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