by Michael and Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis, John Lasseter
Published by Chronicle Books, May 2006
In the tradition of the smash hits Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles comes the newest film from Pixar Animation Studios, Cars, the story of a race car who learns that it’s not all about the fast lane. (In fact, life begins at the off-ramp.) Offering an insider’s view into the artistic development of Cars, this gorgeously illustrated book celebrates the whimsical yet painstaking research that fueled Pixar’s directors, production designers, and artists. Fascinating storyboards, full-color pastels, on-the-road snapshots, and hundreds of character sketches reveal the origins of Pixar’s charming and clever automobile-based world. Gleaned from the team’s trips to racetracks and down the famed Route 66, The Art of Cars is as colorful as its memorable story and characters, making this book — the only movie tie-in for adults — a spirited ride down the road of a masterful animated feature film.
Michael Wallis is the Pulitzer Prize–nominated author of six books on the Southwest and is widely considered the authority on Route 66, the Mother Road. He served as a creative consultant and voice talent for Cars. Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis is co-author of Songdog Diary: 66 Stories from the Road and co-editor of Greetings from the Mother Road: Route 66 Postcards. She and her husband, Michael, live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. John Lasseter is a founding member and executive vice president of creative of Pixar Animation Studios. A two-time Academy Awardt–winner, he executive produced Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles, and directed Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and Cars.