If you're on this forum I presume you already know what "Art of..." books are, but just in case, they're books dedicated to the production of pieces of media, most commonly movies, usually titled "Art of *movie title*" but not always. I know there used a be a book club thing here where they were commonly discussed, but thought we could have a thread for them in general, Pixar and non-Pixar, especially now that said book club is gone.
Which ones do you guys have? What's your favorite? Least favorite? Are there any ones you really want? Any you'd recommend? Is there anything else you'd like to discuss about them?
I have books for Wreck-It Ralph, WALL-E, The Peanuts Movie, Epic, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Blue Sky Studios, Inside Out, and Up. Most of those are taking up all my shelf space at college, but Up is back home because it got some scented oil spilled on it (left the dorm on winter break, came back and found a Glade Plug-In had leaked. I wasn't even using it )and Inside Out is at home because it's terrible.
My personal favorite is Wreck-It Ralph's. I think it does a good job of covering everything from initial idea to final versions, and is very well organized, plus it's about original content and, as much as I love The Peanuts Movie's book, that'll always be a major plus for me. My least favorite is Inside Out for a whole rainbow of reasons you guys probably don't want to hear.
Most of the ones I want right now are Dreamworks ones. Rise of the Guardians, How to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2, the first two Kung Fu Panda movies (and probably the third, once I get around to seeing it), and Trolls. I wish I knew why Kung Fu Panda's book was taken out of print; it's obscenely expensive now, and it kind of puts a damper on my enthusiasm for the other books for the franchise since I'm really not into the idea of having a sequel book without the book for the original.
If I had to recommend any, I'd actually really suggest you guys buy one of the studio books, but do it for a studio you think is hit and miss. I bought the Blue Sky one pretty much solely for the section on the first (and only good) Ice Age movie, but I've ended up learning really interesting stuff about the other Ice Age movies, too, which I know for a fact I never would have bought books for if they had individual ones. It's nice to have a reminder that even when a movie is terrible a ton of work still went into it. Or maybe it's really sad to have a reminder of that. Either way.
What about you guys?