Pixar: 20 Years of Animation

“John Lasseter says that it takes three things to make an animated film:
world, character and story.
In the simplest sense, that is the heart of this exhibit,
the handmade designs for the worlds, characters and stories of Pixar’s first twenty years of filmmaking.”

The Incredibles!

A series of shorts
(one of my favourite parts of watching a Pixar film)

“At Pixar, we realize we are associated, in many people’s experience, with computers.
We do use computers in the making of our films.
However, at the center of everything we do is the love of story and the wonderful pictures that help tell the story.
The computer lets us create worlds and characters that otherwise we could only dream of enjoying.
The computer lets us invite you into the dream to dream along with us.
The computer is where we finish our stories.”

From a video clip showing clearly how each and every single component is carefully crafted.

In love with the artwork.

“As with all storytelling, we begin in the imagination, with an idea.
Then we turn to traditionally trained artists and sculptors, who start with blank paper and lumps of clay.
Handmade art — made using the same ancient tools available before writing existed,
like drawing and painting and sculpture —
brings the vision of our stories to life.”

DeAnn, an instructor at Pixar University,
says doing the preliminary work by hand is an economical way of brainstorming.
If all the conceptualization and idea-tossing were done on the computer,
it would be much more expensive.

“Cars” in resin clay.

A model of Wall-E, produced by a 3D printer.
Sculptures like these are a great reference for the various departments,
all working simultaneously on different aspects of the film.

So many possibilities for Edna!

A “fish wall” showing all the different fishes in Nemo’s world.
(Note the file names when you visit.  Really cute!)

At the Zoetrope:
The spinning starts!

The miracle of animation!


Unbelievably cute.

a 3D world of 2D images giving you a peek into the mind of an animator…

I’m guessing this is a good time to visit since most students are still in school.
The Science Centre will probably be really crowded during the holidays!

Adult/child tickets at $21/$16.
Pay $3 more to watch a 3D movie
(Toy Story in April, Toy Story 2 in May, Up in June).

More details here!