The Art of Up is a a 2009 book by Tim Hauser, published by Chronicle Books to accompany the release of the Pixar film Up. The book features a foreword by director Pete Docter and more than 250 pieces of concept art, storyboards, full-color pastels, digital and pencil sketches, character studies, and color scripts from the film.
Chapter 1 opens with a quote from Henson at the top of the page reading: "Simple is good."
The late Jim Henson felt much the same way about the simplicity of his Muppet creations. "You're assisting the audience to understand; you're giving them a bridge or an access. And if you don't give them that, if you keep it more abstract, it's almost more pure," said Henson. (page 19) ”
The book's bibliography lists several Henson-related resouces:
- Harris, Judy. "Muppetmaster: An Interview with Jim Henson" (Interview September 21, 1982). Muppetcentral.com, 1998. http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/jim1.html
- "Of Precious Pigs, Singing Cabbages, and a Little Green Frog Named Kermit: The Story of Jim Henson and the Muppets." Cinefantastique. April/May 1983. pp24-31
- Henson, Jim. It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider. New York: Hyperion Books. 1995.