Matthew Reinhart keeps creating the most wonderful and luxury Disney pop-up titles. We can now add Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration to the list. With five spreads and four movies represented in every spread, all Pixar movies are covered in this book. At first, you may think, where are all the big pop-ups? But here comes the fun part: the pop-ups hidden behind the side flap covers are so advanced, they all could be used as bigger pop-up designs. But that would make a 20 pages pop-up book. So this clever solution solves the problem and gives room for all movies in one book.
“This pop-up book is dedicated to all the dreamers, storytellers, and magic makers at Pixar Animation Studios”
Not only the movies are represented but also the famous and adored Pixar shorts. Tiny film strips that can be pulled, reveal artwork of the Pixar shorts starting from the real classic ones like Tin Toy and Luxo Junior, which became the main character of Pixar’s intro. Luxo Junior even got his own pop-up in the center of the first spread. The center space of every spread is used for a smaller pop-up that tells the story about Pixar and how a Pixar movie is made.
We keep saying this about almost every Reinhart book but it’s unbelievable that Matthew did all the artwork himself. Imagine how much work it must be to design both the pop-ups and artwork. The typical Reinhart style of watercolor textures and cut-out artwork fits the world of Pixar perfectly! The beautiful cover designs of the side flaps are a fun introduction of what’s hidden behind and invite you to open up the pop-up. And what’s behind will certainly not disappoint you. Pixar characters come to life and literally jump out of the side flaps. For the real Pixar fan, it’s a unique experience to see all movies in this artistic watercolor/papercut style which adds an extra layer of depth to the characters.
As we said, the side flaps contain very advanced and detailed pop-ups. Also, every pop-up has its own “animation” action going on. If we say animation, it may not be what you think. It’s not “animation” like in a Pixar movie but it’s the way a pop-up moves when you open them. This kind of animation adds extra action to the pop-up and makes it look like the movement is part of the story. It’s a bit hard to explain but you’ll have to see our video review to understand what animation we are talking about. A good example would be the pop-up of the Cars 3 movie where one car spins on top of the other during a race.
Every Pixar fan will agree that this unique pop-up book really is a celebration of all Pixar movies!
Author: Matthew Reinhart
Published by Disney Editions