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The Art of Kung Fu Panda is a DreamWorks Animation art book companion to its movie's namesake that features concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes insight and commentary, as well as production design notes of the film's story, characters, locations, and animation. It is written by Tracey Miller-Zarneke, published by Insight Editions, and features a preface by Jack Black, the voice of Po the panda. The book was published on May 13, 2008.
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DreamWorks Animation SKG brings us Kung Fu Panda, a film about Po the panda, the improbable kung fu hero called upon to defend his land. This lavish companion book brings you behind the scenes of the film and into the studios of DreamWorks Animation, where artistry and storytelling reign. Every page of The Art of Kung Fu Panda provides an inside look at the making of this knockout film, featuring more than 300 pieces of visual development artwork, as well as behind-the-scenes stories and insights from the filmmakers who crafted this stylistic legend. Special attention is given to the character design, story development, visual development and awesome CG effects.
Enthusiastic and a little clumsy, Po is the biggest fan of kung fu around... but his girth is better suited for working in his father's noodle restaurant than kung fu fighting. When the vengeful snow leopard Tai Lung threatens the safety of the serene Valley of Peace, all hopes are pinned on Po, the newly anointed Dragon Warrior, and a most unexpected defender of the land. When the legendary Furious Five and their teacher, Master Shifu, are charged with transforming this flabby, food-loving panda into a kung fu warrior, they realize that destiny sometimes arrives in unexpected ways. With awesome, eye-popping art, behind-the-scenes visuals and exclusive filmmaker insights, this unique collector's edition takes you beyond the on-screen world of the Valley of Peace, detailing the journey of Kung Fu Panda, from concept to finished film.