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The folks over at Titan, who have rocked our Geekness this year with excellent publications like PROMETHEUS: THE ART OF THE FILM, ALIEN: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY, and FLASH GORDON ON THE PLANET MONGO, are back with a look at the design and making of Genndy Tartakovsky's HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA.  

Author Tracey Miller-Zarneke's 160 hardcover book. THE ART AND MAKING OF HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA,  includes a Foreword by Tartakovsky and an introduction by Bob Osher (President Sony Picture Digital Productions)  and encompasses - as its title suggests - the developmental process which brought this weekend's theatrical release to screens.  

Broken into two primary sections - Character Design and Production Design - THE ART AND MAKING OF HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA includes a broad assortment of design studies featuring a number of settings and a vast array of characters.  These range from hand drawn to CG work, and often offer interesting design progressions (many of which instill a new appreciation for how subtle differences in design can profoundly impact the appearance of a character).  

My five year old son and I weren't able to attend last week's press screening of this film in Austin - the promise of a conflicting all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at his school proved too much for him to resist - but even though he hasn't seen the picture, he's carefully surveyed this publication on several occasions, unprompted.  And then proceeded to ask further questions about the hows and why's of movie making.  A testament, I think, to the relatively straight-forward presentation of this book, and to the creativity of the artists whose works are featured herein- which seems to stand alone and inspire, to some extent at least,  even when detached from their product's intended medium.

Titan sent over a few pieces of art for your consideration.  Not necessarily my favorite pieces in the book, but a taste of what's in store nonetheless.  There's some magnificent work to be found (Joty Lam's 'Lobby Concept', Marcelo Vignali's 'Mavis' Room' , Noelle Triaureau's 'Canal', Carter Goodrich's Frankenstein studies)  - be sure to check 'em out if you grab this book, or chance across it in a store.  


THE ART AND MAKING OF HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA releases this week, and can be found HERE in the US or HERE in the UK.  


-- ™ & © 2012 Sony Pictures Animation Inc. All rights reserved. --




Glen Oliver




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  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I don't see how this see how this film doesn't suck

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    One script written had a ghoul as the protagonist with Dracula as a side character (I h

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST

    I don't see how this film doesn't suck

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    One script written had a ghoul as the protagonist with Dracula as a side character (I had to stop reading because I found it so unfunny), it's changed directors four or five times and it hired Sandler and his usual gang of idiots LAST SUMMER to do the voice work, which seems like a desperate attempt to salvage the production (it takes YEARS to make an animated film. Was all of the animation already done and Sandler was hired late solely for his name?) I know you guys desperately want this to be good because you want a Samauri Jack film, but...

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Impressive Half-Star (out of Five) in the Austin Chronicle

    by Aquatarkusman

    Said the story was for sub-morons and the voice-work was shit, Tartokovsky (sp?) and his artistic eye aside.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST

    I don't care if I end up liking the movie or not, I want this book!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Come on, a book full of Tartakovsky artwork (And some stuff from other, I guess talented artists)!

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:52 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST

    About the bad reviews for this movie:

    by DerLanghaarige

    I won't rule out that it really sucks, but I noticed a while ago that people hate Sandler so much (can't blame them) these days, that they aren't willing to give his movies a fair chance. A few months ago I caught GROWN UPS on TV. I watched it, because I really had nothing better to do and it turned out to be a nice, charming and surprisingly low key comedy about childhood memories and family values. I'm sure if it would have been some kind of low budget festival circle indie comedy starring completely unknowns or actors from HBO shows or current Hipster comedies, the critics would have loved it. So until I have seen it with my own eyes, I tend to believe that HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA could be actually pretty good.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    oh wow, the same style used for EVERY animated movie

    by nephilim138

    how original

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    I always prefer the 2D concept art over the finished

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    3D render of these movies.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    @ derlangplanthaarige

    by Lemure_v2

    I've given Sandler a chance, and another chance...and a few more. But he just continues to produce crap. Grown Ups was also crap, and this looks crap - Sandler or not. You're either 10 or you work for Dreamworks.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by TheMachinist

    I'm not gonna like the movie anymore than you, but if it gets people to remember this guy's classic shit(Dexter's Lab, PPG, etc.), I'll gladly pay for it. Also, Genndy semi-confirmed a Samurai Jack movie in a Reddit AMA last night. If the source is reliable, we may finally get to see if Jack UNDOES THE FUTURE THAT IS AKU...

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I Don't Think I Could Care Less About This Movie...

    by Jason Soleil

    ...and still maintain consciousness.

  • In conclusion, MAD MONSTER PARTY? Thank you.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    2 words: stu pid

    by cozy

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Hardcover Art books are the new hot collctibles.

    by Sinestro

    Just check out the prices on Making of Iron Man! Could I be wrong?