Book Review: The Pixar Treasures

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I had some doubts about this because it's pricey and has only 64 pages. After flipping through the pages, I can understand why it cost so much.

The Pixar Treasures comes with a slipcase and it's designed like a scrapbook. It tells the story of Pixar with many pictures. There are 28 chapters covering the history, the making of various films, the people, their ideas and other interesting stuff.

The content will feel familiar if you have the other book To Infinity and Beyond! -- still my favourite Pixar book. The Pixar Treasures presents a very condensed version of the whole Pixar story with the short 2-page chapters. However, this book has content up to the recent Toy Story 3, which means it also covers Ratatouille, Up and WALL-E, which are not in To Infinity and Beyond!. The stories, though familiar, are still inspiring to read. They are short and will definitely leave you wanting more.

The highlight of the book are the pullout replicas of memorabilia, artwork and photos. Many are never-before-seen art and photos, including new content not published elsewhere in their other art books. There are lots of things you can pull out or pull. You'll see items like the Disney's Visitor Pass (ca. 1980), Presto poster, an animation flip-book, a (fake) newspaper front-page with Linguini's story, a few attached booklets and other goodies.

This book is clearly designed with the collector in mind. It is beautiful and inspiring to read.

It's recommended to Pixar fans.

However I'll recommend To Infinity and Beyond! if you have to choose between the two books.

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hay parka, book looks

hay parka,

book looks wicked.. its hard to choose what to purchase!!

i went pre-order on Disney Archive Series - Design over this one, but get this one
soon before it sells out!! i bought the Disney Treasures in amsterdam for $15 and when i got home to australia i picked it up again for $5 in a used book sale hahahaa so i got 2 copies of the disney one for $20!!

one more question, you havent had a recent FAV?? are the new art books not living upto the standard or have you just seen that many that nothing is new??

Hi there Parka. First, I

Hi there Parka. First, I wanted to say how much I enjoy your art book reviews, particularly the little video reviews where you flip through the pages of the book. If you give a book a positive review, then I know that I'll always want that book! I work for a fine art book designer and so art books are pretty much my life.

I wanted to tell you about a new Pixar art book that is NOT listed for sale anywhere BUT through the web site/bookstore of the Oakland Museum of California. The book is the companion book to OMCA's current exhibition "PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation" which will run through January 2011. This is a NEW exhibition specially created for Pixar's 25th anniversary (and is different from the MOMA traveling exhibition that celebrated Pixar's 20th anniversary).

You can buy the book here:
http://museumca.org/product/pixar-25-years-animation

Two different people have created listings for the new book on Amazon in order to try to sell copies at double or more than the book's current selling price of $30. If you choose to leave one of your book reviews over on Amazon, you should mention that people can currently buy the book for $30 + shipping from OMCA museum.

If you want, you can choose to delete my comment since it is not related to the Pixar Treasures book. I just dropped this message here because I do not know your email. I was hoping you might email me back because I want to ask you a rather complicated question about that new DK Publishing book called "Pixarpedia."

Thanks for your time and for all your nifty book reviews. :)

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