Pixar: 25 Years of Animation At The Oakland Museum Of California

Pixar: 25 Years of Animation provides an unprecedented look at the renowned Emeryville-based studio and showcases the creative work behind its wildly successful computer-animated films. After its opening in New York and its five-year international tour, the exhibition is now at The Oakland Museum of California and will run until January 9, 2011.

At the heart of the exhibit are the concept drawings, sketches, paintings, and maquettes created by Pixar artists over the past 25 years. Drawing on work from Pixar’s eleven feature films and many of its short films, the exhibition spans some of the studio’s first short films created in the 1980s; its first feature-length film, Toy Story, the first fully computer-animated feature film ever produced; Pixar’s recent Academy Award-winning feature Up; and its latest film, Toy Story 3. Pixar will showcase more than 500 artifacts, including many of the pencil drawings; paintings in acrylic, gouache, and watercolor; and sculptures that form the backbone of the computer-generated images (CGIs) for which Pixar has become internationally recognized. The exhibition also includes video interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes footage of Pixar’s creative process.

A must-see highlight is the Pixar Zoetrope, a three-dimensional device that displays a rapid succession of images, creating the illusion of motion.

Advanced tickets can be purchased HERE for $12 per adult.

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