Discovering “The Science Behind Pixar”

science behind pixar

As a ’90s kid, I was lucky enough to grow up with the Pixar movies, starting with the release of Toy Story in 1995. I continued to be mesmerized throughout the years, with the beauty of WALL-E and other movies. But while I was impressed with how much the graphics evolved during each installment, I hardly thought about just how much was invested into each movie.

I’m sure there are many others like me.

And that’s why the California Science Center’s “The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition” is so important. Located in Los Angeles, the exhibition educates visitors about the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that brings all their favorite Pixar movies to life.

Before guests are taken into the exhibition, they are guided into a small room with a screen. A short movie introduces the steps taken to bring the Pixar movies to life- from the initial sketches to a full-fledged Pixar feature film. Once the informational movie concludes and the side doors open, guests are given full reign to wander throughout the exhibition.

Many workshops are set up throughout the exhibition, where visitors can learn about different concepts that are used in animation, such as modeling, rendering and lighting. Just a few minutes spent at each workshop will help people appreciate the work that goes behind each Pixar film. It’s a complicated process to simply attach hair to each character and make sure limbs move naturally.

science behind pixar

Several statues of characters are also scattered among the room. It’s the perfect photo opportunity. Buzz Lightyear and Dory make up some of the Pixar cast that you can pose with.

So if you’re a fan of the Pixar movies and happen to be near Los Angeles, make a trip out to the California Science Center. “The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition” will only be around until April 16th, so don’t wait too long.

For more information about the exhibition and to buy tickets, check out the California Science Center website.


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