Regardless of how you feel about the game, you can't deny that Epic Mickey had incredible art direction and the concept art that was released months before it came out looked incredible. Images of twisted robots, Disney lands ravaged, and a just plain dim outlook for the world had a lot of people interested. How the heck did this stuff get passed by Disney? Well, it turned out that a lot of it didn't make the final cut, or what did got toned down big time. I spent the extra money and got the collector's edition of the game, mainly for the figure it came with, but also because some of the artwork was featured on the making-of dvd. While it had some great work, it made me want a real art book. Well, we finally got it long after the game came out, and after a few delays, the book doesn't disappoint. This is one of the best art books I've seen all year, and any Disney fan needs to have this in their collection. This book almost makes up for the disaster that the game ended up being.
All of the artwork that was shown prior to the game's release date is featured here. Those creepy images of animatronic Goofy are here, as are the awesome black and white drawings of different robots. But that's just a small sample of what That Art of Epic Mickey has. There are tons of lush, gorgeous digital pieces that should hush anyone who says that traditional hand drawn artwork will always be the best (as if The Art of Kung Fu Panda didn't put that to rest enough). Characters, locations, important story points, everything in the game is covered here. I loved seeing some of Pete's appearances get showcased here, though it made me want more since the character sections were brief, and I've always enjoyed these portions the most in art books. Aside from that, my only other complaint is that the paper used for this book is shinier than any other I've seen. It was a bit difficult to record the video and show off the artwork since there was constantly a glare, but hopefully you can still get a good glimpse at the book.
As far as the text goes, you can tell that a lot of love and work went into the game and the artwork. If you've seen the making-of dvd that came with the collector's edition of Epic Mickey, then a lot of what's talked about here will seem familiar. This is still a great book though, and if every game got an art book like this, I'd be out of money on a regular basis. I may not have been able to beat the game because it was such a chore, but I sure as heck enjoy going through this book. Get this one before it goes out of print.