The Art of Megamind is another nice large format art book published by Insight Editions. It's 156 pages and sports a non glossy dustjacket for a change.
The pages are filled with beautiful concept illustrations from DreamWorks artists. There are colour strips, character designs, background paintings, storyboards and designs on weapons of mass destruction, some robots and vehicles. The book is filled with plenty of vibrant colours besides blue of course.
There are actually more superheroes than there are shown in the trailers, and they are included in the book. There are sketches for each and you can see which ones made it and which were dropped. The variety is great. You might have seen Minion already, the gorilla robot with fishbowl head holding a piranha. Other designs for superheroes aren't as insane but still very creative.
It's interesting to see how the news reporter Roxanne's early sketches resembles Tina Fey (voice actor) and eventually moved away from that. On a side note, Megamind and Metro Man didn't look like Will Ferrell or Brad Pitt to start with.
The environment designs are also very beautiful and nicely painted. Much is on Metro City and there are also set locations which includes Megamind's lair. Right at the back are some fun designs for Megamind's army which are the robots, vehicles and gadgets. There are funny as well as weird outrageous designs. Donkey missile launcher, anyone?
The commentary is great and talks about the designs and characters.
Overall, a wonderful book for animation fans and artists.
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