ByAlisha Grauso, writer at Creators.co
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One of the coolest things about movies is the companion art books that are released around their premieres. Everything from character sketches to the set designs to the fabrics in the costume are broken down in detail, offering movie lovers an in-depth look at the creative process behind the film.

London-based Titan Publishing have announced they'll be releasing a stunning book for [Rio 2](movie:749506):

The Art of Rio: Featuring a Carnival of Art From Rio and Rio 2

From 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, the creators of Ice Age and Horton Hears a Who!, the musical adventure comedy Rio told the story of how rare Blue Macaws Blu and Jewel met and fell in love in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. In Rio 2, the pair journey with their 3 chicks to the amazon jungle in search of their wild roots. With over 300 pieces of concept art, character sketches, storyboards and digital paintings, along with interviews with the key animation talent, this book reveals the artistry behind the 2 colourful movies.

Here's a sampling of the artwork that can be found in the book, given to us courtesy of Titan:

Very cool, no? I especially like the last example, with the movement sketches for Nico and his bottle cap hat.

Animation fans can look for The Art of Rio to be released next month, along with Rio 2, in theaters on April 14th. Will you be seeing this film? Let me hear it in the comments!

(Source: Titan Publishing)