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A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, and interviews with the artists, animators, and production team—including Art Director David Goetz—that shed light on the history and artistry of this landmark film.


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A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by A lighthearted twist on Rapunzel, the beloved fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, Tangled brims with thrilling adventure, a distinctive cast of characters, a daring heroine, and, of course, seventy feet of golden hair. Featuring the stunning concept art behind the newest Disney masterpiece, The Art of Tangled also includes a preface by John Lasseter, a foreword by Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, and interviews with the artists, animators, and production team—including Art Director David Goetz—that shed light on the history and artistry of this landmark film.

30 review for The Art of Tangled

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shannen

    Simply perfection Featuring stunning character designs, environments and story boards for - well, maybe the best animated film ever, the art is just incredibly beautiful.The margin's of every page are covered in Rapunzel's mural paintings and come on... it has Glen Keane, Claire Keane, graphite and digital art, sketches and paintings; what more do you need?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fatma

    tangled is the best disney movie, sorry i dont i make the rules also, this book is beauaauutiifulll. artists are really out here making some truly incredible art. the amount of talent astounds me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gwyn

    If I hadn't already been sure Tangled was the greatest movie of all time, this book convinced me. I got it for Christmas a couple of years back, and am still enamoured by it's beauty. It's brimful of the most stunning concept art and stories from the making of the film, and each page's margin's are decorated with Rapunzel's mural art. My favourite chapter is the one on the Tower, because that is where most of Claire Keane's art is, and the stories of how she came up with the wall art. But the If I hadn't already been sure Tangled was the greatest movie of all time, this book convinced me. I got it for Christmas a couple of years back, and am still enamoured by it's beauty. It's brimful of the most stunning concept art and stories from the making of the film, and each page's margin's are decorated with Rapunzel's mural art. My favourite chapter is the one on the Tower, because that is where most of Claire Keane's art is, and the stories of how she came up with the wall art. But the whole book is just so gorgeous, and if you like Tangled and art at all {the two things usually go together!} then you must get this book. I promise you won't regret it! {If you do, I owe you some choc chip biccies}

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    So many fantastic drawings are crammed into this book that it's kind of disappointing that the movie is computer generated. Unsurprisingly Glen Keane's drawings alone are reason enough to buy the book, but there are plenty of drawings by other artists which are equally inspiring.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Syd the Kid

    The only complaint I have about this book is that I felt like it lowkey bashed 2-D art and Glen Keane who at the end of the day is the reason this movie even came to be no matter how much they say otherwise. In addition, I thought there would be more Glen Keane which is disappointing but it was still lovely obviously. There were so many sketches which I love seeing in books because it's so raw and sketches really inspire me to draw. I loved this movie because of both the story and animation, the The only complaint I have about this book is that I felt like it lowkey bashed 2-D art and Glen Keane who at the end of the day is the reason this movie even came to be no matter how much they say otherwise. In addition, I thought there would be more Glen Keane which is disappointing but it was still lovely obviously. There were so many sketches which I love seeing in books because it's so raw and sketches really inspire me to draw. I loved this movie because of both the story and animation, the 3-D was so spectacular that I really think it changed animation all together. Just look at Rapunzel's hair! I'm so inspired to start drawing right now because of this book <3

  6. 5 out of 5

    Parka

    (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is a very beautiful book for Disney's 50th feature film, Tangled, which is also the first 3D computer-animated fairy tale for them. The 160-page hardcover is filled with the very distinctive Disney style art, featuring character designs, environment and storyboards. I love the beautiful character sketches and there are lots of them. Some of the character artists are Jin Kim, Claire Keane, Bill Schwab who drew really expressive characters. But much of them (More pictures at parkablogs.com) This is a very beautiful book for Disney's 50th feature film, Tangled, which is also the first 3D computer-animated fairy tale for them. The 160-page hardcover is filled with the very distinctive Disney style art, featuring character designs, environment and storyboards. I love the beautiful character sketches and there are lots of them. Some of the character artists are Jin Kim, Claire Keane, Bill Schwab who drew really expressive characters. But much of them are drawn by legendary animator Glen Keane, and they really stand out with their lively action poses. It's fun to see the many expressions and tricks Rapunzel can do with her 70-feet hair. Other than Rapunzel, there are sketches for Flynn Rider (prince), Pascal (chameleon), Maximus (horse) and other characters like the bad guys. As for the environment art, you'll get to see the familiar Disney towns and castles as interpreted by artists today. The design inspiration comes from previous Disney films like Cinderella, Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty. Some of the paintings from those films are also included. It's about translating what used to be 2D into 3D and you can read all about the challenges from the artists' interviews. The change in medium for creating Tangled makes it feel like a totally fresh Disney fairy tale, yet it also feels like the older ones at the same time. It continues Disney's legacy in animation in a fine way. This book is a treat to artists, animators and art lovers. A lot of great artists contributed to the art and unfortunately I can't name them all so you'll have to get the book to check out their work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie

    Most of the time I really enjoy art books based on movies, but I found this one to be quite underwhelming. The best part of any art book is seeing how the look and style of the artwork develops over time, but this book contained mostly finished versions of the characters and settings. The only two characters who were different from their final versions (and who the animators experimented with) are Mother Gothel and Flynn Rider. I noticed that the sketches that were drastically different than the Most of the time I really enjoy art books based on movies, but I found this one to be quite underwhelming. The best part of any art book is seeing how the look and style of the artwork develops over time, but this book contained mostly finished versions of the characters and settings. The only two characters who were different from their final versions (and who the animators experimented with) are Mother Gothel and Flynn Rider. I noticed that the sketches that were drastically different than the final versions were from artists who weren't as involved in the final versions, which seems to imply that some effort to consult outside the regular art staff was made. I figured for sure that there would be lots of interesting early sketches of Rapunzel (she is the main character, and they could have done a million different ideas with her), but her looks are basically a combination of Ariel's and Cinderella's. Yes, this is a nod to the continuity of Disney style, but it's just too easy! I would have liked to see how far they pushed the character at the early stages, and some of the concepts that did not make it as influences for the final art direction, if only to prove that Disney (the company, not the artists) is capable of thinking outside the box.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a bit of a let-down... it was an adorable book, full of back-story and rough sketches and sumptuous, stylized paintings of who Rapunzel and Eugene could have been. The text would reference hidden things in the pub or in the tower, but not show them. I operate under the life policy of "if you're not going to show then don't tell," so this was vastly irritating. The directors and artists talked of referencing Cinderella and Pinocchio, but the angles of the film always struck me as more This was a bit of a let-down... it was an adorable book, full of back-story and rough sketches and sumptuous, stylized paintings of who Rapunzel and Eugene could have been. The text would reference hidden things in the pub or in the tower, but not show them. I operate under the life policy of "if you're not going to show then don't tell," so this was vastly irritating. The directors and artists talked of referencing Cinderella and Pinocchio, but the angles of the film always struck me as more Sleeping Beauty. All in all, a fun book, just not what I was expecting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    alex

    A REALLY GREAT ART BOOK FOR A REALLT GREAT MOVIE!!!! lots of character and story stuff, which i love, and in depth explanations of choices in these areas with a lot of art on every page. and all of that art was so incredible. a good one

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I don't think it's possible to put into words just how much I love Tangled. Ever since that movie has come out I've been captivated with the characters, scenes, and the fantastical elements of the movie. I'd love to have a career with Disney myself someday and thought that it'd be really interesting to see how the original concept for the movie altered and developed throughout the time that the artists were working on these now familiar and beloved scenes and characters. From the villain to the I don't think it's possible to put into words just how much I love Tangled. Ever since that movie has come out I've been captivated with the characters, scenes, and the fantastical elements of the movie. I'd love to have a career with Disney myself someday and thought that it'd be really interesting to see how the original concept for the movie altered and developed throughout the time that the artists were working on these now familiar and beloved scenes and characters. From the villain to the wonderful lantern scene, everything is explained and shown in detail. I loved getting to see the different stages of brainstorming for everything as well as the beautiful works of art that led up to the actual making of the movie. This book would be perfect for any fan of the movie or any Disney fan in general. I can't draw anything but loved getting to read about what the artists went through to capture the personality of the characters and the general themes of the movie within their settings. A reader and a writer can still get a lot of fantastic information from a book like this, especially if they're a fan, because it shows that these things that are so well known didn't exactly turn out perfectly the first time around. I'm definitely going to be looking into getting more of these art books because this is something that I'll flip through from time to time and maybe learn something new every time that I glance through it. It's just such a joy to see all of the hard work and dedication that goes into a movie like this, a movie that inspires so many people, like me, in so many ways. It's easy to tell in every page just how these artists have put their heart into the project. I really recommend this book for any Tangled fan. It's a fun and creative insight into the creation of the film that I'll keep with me forever.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maya Senen

    My favorite art of book so far- I'm embarrassed of how long it sat bookmarked on my shelf! I can now proudly say I have read it cover to cover, word for word, and it will remain open my studies and work for the rest of my life! Stunningly beautiful! Thank you, Mom!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Iuliana Niculescu

    Wonderful art book, very few movie stills, a lot of concept art, character sketches and digital paintings. Would have like to read more about the shape language they use for the movies though. Overall very inspiring and gorgeous book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    I'm not reading it so much any more as looking at the GORGEOUS pictures! This movie is BEAUTIFUL! Disney has finally made a movie that deserves to join the Disney classics.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Isabel

    Beautiful illustrations and concept art!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    I enjoyed The Art of Frozen: so much that I spent some of my Christmas gift card money on this book. I absolutely love it! The concept art is gorgeous, and I enjoyed learning more about how the creators of this movie designed its appearance and story structure. Also, even though I had forgotten that Tangled was Disney's fiftieth full-length animated movie, this book shares about how seriously the creators took that distinction and how much they drew inspiration from earlier movies in terms of I enjoyed The Art of Frozen: so much that I spent some of my Christmas gift card money on this book. I absolutely love it! The concept art is gorgeous, and I enjoyed learning more about how the creators of this movie designed its appearance and story structure. Also, even though I had forgotten that Tangled was Disney's fiftieth full-length animated movie, this book shares about how seriously the creators took that distinction and how much they drew inspiration from earlier movies in terms of color, shapes, and architectural design. This book also brought back great memories for me. I did not grow up with Disney, but when I was a teenager, I watched some of the old movies on YouTube for the sake of cultural awareness. I disliked most of them, but I got such joy out of critiquing their gender stereotypes and social messages that I kept watching anyway. I bookmarked the Wikipedia page that listed all of Disney's existing animated movies so that I would know what to watch next, and I still remember seeing the very, very short page about Tangled for the first time. I thought that this future movie sounded unusually promising, and I checked back routinely to see updates on the page. On the day that the teaser trailer came out, or at least very soon after, I watched it with my sister. We were both like, "Wow! This actually looks good!! Can you imagine?? What if Disney actually came out with something that we liked?" We watched every new trailer, followed movie news, watched bootlegged YouTube footage that somebody filmed in the theater, and then went to see the whole movie. I was a huge fan, talked about it all the time with my online friends, quoted the movie constantly with my family, and watched it again and again. Reading this book brought back my old feelings of enthusiasm, plus a jolt of nostalgia. This November will be Tangled's tenth anniversary, guys. So, in other words, the creators' hopes and dreams came true. They made a modern classic, and just like their predecessors, they told a story that became part of the fabric of people's lives. They even won over people who had never liked Disney before! I appreciate all of their hard work, and I'm grateful for the glimpse that this book provides into the process.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    I've been after this book since it came out - so for seven years I've wanted to read it and never could. And after reading the whole thing in a sitting (it took me hours and days to stop looking at the art, though) I only have one major complaint about it: it is too short! I know it's what a normal "art of" book length is, but I was so into the way the story was developed, the way the characters evolved and how they solved the little issues that in all honesty did not see it coming when suddenly I've been after this book since it came out - so for seven years I've wanted to read it and never could. And after reading the whole thing in a sitting (it took me hours and days to stop looking at the art, though) I only have one major complaint about it: it is too short! I know it's what a normal "art of" book length is, but I was so into the way the story was developed, the way the characters evolved and how they solved the little issues that in all honesty did not see it coming when suddenly there was no more. It's true that if it were up to me I would have the whole process extremely detailed - from concept art to storyboard to casting and developing and production and every single detail of how Tangled became what's in our screens today, but still I guess this book is as close as I'll get to carving a hole in the wall of the disney studios and watch it all unfold. All being said, I loved each page and I can see myself wearing the book out from the many many times I'll re-read it (and use it to copy the concept art, cause there's nothing more fun to draw than Rapunzel).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a beautiful work of art on its own. Tangled has been my favorite Disney princess movie since it's debut in 2010, and I was thrilled to learn about the behind the scenes decisions and see the beautiful artwork that audiences would not otherwise get to see. I learned so much about the world, characters, mood, and lighting and I loved every second of it. For anyone who is a fan of Disney or just art in general I would fully recommend reading this book and looking at all the work the This was a beautiful work of art on its own. Tangled has been my favorite Disney princess movie since it's debut in 2010, and I was thrilled to learn about the behind the scenes decisions and see the beautiful artwork that audiences would not otherwise get to see. I learned so much about the world, characters, mood, and lighting and I loved every second of it. For anyone who is a fan of Disney or just art in general I would fully recommend reading this book and looking at all the work the animators put into the movie from story to costume to character. You never really understand how much work something takes, but this book took me a step closer to understanding the passion, work, sweat, tears, and blood put into each of the Disney Movies. Beautiful book with wonderful insight! I cannot wait to watch Tangled again armed with my new knowledge.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Story

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I must admit, I heard fantastic things about this book so after building my hopes up I was a little disappointed. It is still a really great book. My favorite part is looking at the character development and how many different versions go in to creating one character. I also really enjoyed the part about the line work and they're taking inspiration from they're previous films. So far this is the only 'Art Of ' book that I've read but I've heard this one is the best in the genre.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    3.5 or 4 stars. This was a fun read! The information presented is heavily focused on animation style such as lines, colors, inspiration, and a blend of previous Disney film styles (Cinderella and Pinocchio). This was Disney's 50th animated feature film so there was pressure to produce something new, yet fitting of the Disney name. I loved the character sketches and didn't realize in early designs Flynn Rider was drawn as a big, soft, gentle hearted guy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I LOVE the movie Tangled so freaking much! It's one of my absolute favorites Disney princess movies nay one of my favorite movies period! It's charming and funny and cute and visually stunning, so I liked reading this book to get a behind the scenes look at how it all came together from the scraped idea to the new idea for the story to the storyboards to the characters to the setting and more. A great read for anyone who adores this film!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    The artwork included is amazing as expected. The world building and scene design sections were not only informative in the history of making this film, but also had useful tips for artists. There was a kind of low grade sexism in the character design part and some of the visual gags in other parts that made me uncomfortable. However, this book was EXCEEDINGLY shiny and well put together.

  22. 4 out of 5

    nicole

    We're still into The Art Of books at bedtime, with copies of a few of the girls favorite movies of the moment ILL'd. I really liked reading this one, because I didn't know anything about shape stories and found it fascinating how elements from Cinderella & Pinocchio were used to create parts of Tangled.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    This book is great for anyone who loves Disney or the behind the scenes look at how animated films are made. The book has stunning artwork from character designs to the Walt Disney world toilets which have been themed to look like the village In tangled. Honestly one of the best behind the scenes books I’ve read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

    Another entry into the Disney/Pixar Art of series of books, the Art of Tangled is a stands along it's predecessors as an excellent mix of a concept art book and a making of book. The art is bright and detailed and the making of segments aren't too wordy and provide a nice insight into the making of the movie.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah McManus

    The first time I've ever read an "Art of" book instead of just leafing through the pictures. I'm so glad I did. Absolutely stunning from front to back, and I throughly enjoyed the insight and glimpse into the creative process of one of my favorite animated films.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Louise Rabey

    Beautiful book with beautiful illustrations! Always fascinating to see how a film goes from pre-production to the big screen, and the works of Victoria Ling and Glen Keane in particular caught my eye.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lexi (Cubegirl97) Hoefer

    I loved learning about all the little details that went into the making of this movie. I never realized just how much went into it from the different color pallets, tones, and even just the shapes of a scene it was all so fully thought out and I found it completely fascinating.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lycoris Radiatta

    Love all the storyboards

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emmareads

    favorite book about my favorite movie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I really loved learning about process behind my favorite Disney movie! It was very cool to see all of the artwork and hard work of the team. Good job everyone! Tangled is truly a wonderful film.

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