Book Review: Art of Kung Fu Panda

Art of Kung Fu Panda

This is an awesome book. It screams "character design" and shoots darts of awesome-ness.

The pages are filled with beautiful character designs from Nicolas Marlet. Each major character has their own chapter, an interesting background story explaining how they were conceived and designed. It's impressive how Nicolas Marlet manages to breathe life into them, drawing them in such a way that they are lovely and lively. The artists understand body language very well, and they show it through the poses and really reflects the characteristics of each character.

The prop designs are also wonderful. All have their purpose and mean something in Chinese history. Even the title typography of the book was designed to mimic Chinese words.

Illustrations are printed large in detail throughout the book, depicting mainly movie scenes.

This book is worth getting even if you haven't watched Kung Fu Panda. It's inspiring for anyone who loves art and animation.

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19 Comments

All I can say is WOW!!! I

All I can say is WOW!!! I just bought this book and it's a treat to the eyes! Plenty of eye catching landscape vistas and lots, I mean LOTS of wonderful character design!
This book alone has made me return to collecting art books, thanks to your reviews, Parka!
And yep, grab them while they're "fresh as fish" on the stand!

i have this book it's a great

i have this book
it's a great book
it made me think why the hell didn't they made the movie in classical 2d animation, the original designs looked mach better in 2d. and the opening part of the movie in 2D was the best part of the book.
great book, better then the movie it self.

Kung Fu Panda 2: Kaboom of

Kung Fu Panda 2: Kaboom of Doom is coming in theatres on June 3, 2011 and I wanna get this book for Christmas!! I love art, and Kung Fu Panda art would just be good! lots of pages, I so gotta get this! I SO GOT TOO!!!!!!

Thanks for the excellent

Thanks for the excellent review.
Parka, do you have any idea where can I still find this wonderful book, such as online or in Singapore.
I am definitely late into this but would hope that I can get it.
Thanks

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your review and the scan. :)

I was wondering, Parka, if you know whether or not they will reprint this book or if there will be a book printed solely on the sequel since it's coming out next year. I have been searching for this book forever.

I found that Borders is

I found that Borders is selling the book still though it takes 2 to 4 weeks to ship, for a more reasonable 45 dollars. Also, I found out that they have an art book for the sequel coming out in April, I believe. Thank you so much for you help, Parka. Keep reviewing art books. :) They are very helpful for me, as a lover of art and animation.

the draw for the KF2 art book

the draw for the KF2 art book is over? buhh oh well. First off, thank you so much for posting these reviews! It's gotten me looking for art books since February <3 Also to register or follow your blog- how do I go about doing so?

I've been craving for years

I've been craving for years to buy this book. It was way too expensive. Finally managed to buy a descent quality 2nd hand copy from a bookstore in Amsterdam for €60, which is a better price than €250-€750 in UK or Germany. Hope all other craving boys & girls will get a good priced copy too..one day ! Never give up looking!x

The patience of Grand Master

The patience of Grand Master Oogway has paid off. I got a copy off ebay for 35 dollars. The only thing wrong with it is two very small nicks on the spine. Great book. Just search often and maybe one day you will find one that is not outrageous in price.

Sadly couldn't manage to have

Sadly couldn't manage to have this book before and too late it seems, yes the price is so so expensive as you mentioned, still I'm dreaming of having it no matter what, in both sites Amazon and e-bay the price is so unacceptable, but who knows they may become less =_=

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