For the last two years, Josh Cooley, an artist with Pixar, has in his spare time been mashing together two beloved products of American culture: Golden Books and Hollywood cinema--the mature end of the movie spectrum. The Golden Books series, a collection of illustrated books for children, was launched in 1942, at 25 cents a book, and immediately became a sensation. One and a half million of the books sailed off bookstore shelves in the first five months, and the most popular Golden Book, "The Poky Little Puppy," has by now sold more than 15 million copies.
Cooley has been rendering scenes from such films as "The Godfather," "Terminator," "The Graduate," and "The Big Lebowski" in the instantly recognizable Golden Books style, creating a pleasing tension between the raw and the innocent, the "sophisticated" and the sweet. The images will be collected and published in a book later this year.
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