Review by C.J. Bunce

A new book on a recent animated movie is a great source for anyone thinking about creating strange new characters and amazing new worlds.  Paramount Pictures’ recent animated movie Rumble is the focus of Noela Hueso’s book Rumble: The Art and Making of the Movie.  More than a survey of the concept artwork and development of the film, it’s a blueprint for designing creatures, aliens, and monster types.  Practically a Monster Manual for dozens of new characters from concept artwork to final film stills as presented on the screen, Rumble: The Art and Making of the Movie is now available here at Amazon in a jacketed, coffee table-type hardcover.  Take a look inside the book below.

The movie takes place in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes. A teenager seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming a coach and turning an underdog monster into a champion.  It’s an extension of sorts to animated movies like Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University.


Rumble: The Art and Making of the Movie contains sketches, concept art, storyboards, and final stills.  Voice actor Terry Crews provides a foreword.

Sections explore characters and scene locations, with detailed looks at primary human and creature characters.  Sketch ideas and development process designs illustrate for any budding artist different ways to build characters visually from the ground up.  These are things like posters inside the animated world, and include real-life items created for animators to translate into cartoon form.

A bonus is the movie’s inclusion of props to establish its world building.  Director Hamish Grieve, production designer Christophe Lautrette, and character designer Max Narciso, plus the work and commentary of artists and animators fill in all the details.

A fun look at the movie, for fans of animation and fantasy character building, Rumble: The Art and Making of the Movie is now available here at Amazon.