Review
The Art of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit/Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding
Andrew Leal · From fps #6 · February 4, 2006 | While 2005 brought a raft of glossy CG films, it also produced two feature films using a much older 3D art: stop-motion animation. Stop-motion fans were doubly blessed as both movies received the glossy "art of" treatment with two books, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding and The Art of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The differing tones and approaches of the two films are reflected in their print tie-ins.

The Art of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Written by Andy Lane and Paul Simpson
Titan Books, 2005
158 pages

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding
Written by Mark Salisbury
Newmarket Press, 2005
156 pages

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The Art of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a fairly breezy work, with text by Andy Lane and Paul Simpson (authors of other Aardman promotional books, as well as a recent history of The Magic Roundabout). The book begins with a light but informative overview of the pair's previous films, and follows with a more in-depth look at their feature film debut. One of the book's strengths is its easy-to-read organization. Chapters on characters, sets, and inventions provide brief, individual profiles of the principal characters, settings, and machinery. Each of these little nuggets combines production stills with concept drawings, storyboard art, and informative sidebar quotes from artists and technicians. The text portions discuss aspects from characterization and cinematic influences to the specifics of character sculpting, such as using foam instead of plasticine for many of the new characters.

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