Few things bring young and old together better than Disney Pixar films—the award-winning works have the rare ability to gather kids, adults, and seniors together in places like theme parks and movie theaters with its endearing storylines and characters.
Critically acclaimed pictures like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and Up were all created by the masterminds at Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios. For those who have always wanted a behind-the-scenes look at how these films were brought to the silver screens, check out Science World’s newest exhibition: The Science Behind Pixar (runs through January 6, 2019).
Vancouverites will be able to roam through the 12,000-square-foot exhibition for the next eight months, which feature more than 40 interactive displays that showcase the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by Disney Pixar’s artists and computer scientists to create the next big flick (the highly anticipated Incredibles 2 makes its debut on June 15).
Visitors can check out eight different sections, each focusing on an important step of the filmmaking process: modeling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, stimulation, lighting, and rendering. Let’s be honest—we’ve all wondered how Nemo swam through such a realistic ocean, and how much time it took to create Sulley’s perfect coat of fur.
As you walk through the exhibition’s entrance on the second floor, you’ll be shown a short clip that gives guests an idea of what they will be walking into—you’ll learn that the creative process takes a lot more work and time than you can imagine.
Bits and pieces of Pixar’s first 17 movies can be found throughout the space, including life-sized figures of Buzz Lightyear, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, Dory, and WALL•E. Besides the photo opportunities, you’ll get a chance to see the world from an ant’s point of view (A Bug’s Life), control the lamps and natural sunlight in a miniature model of Carl and Ellie’s living room (Up), and create your own stop-motion picture using Pixar’s iconic lamp as a prop.
After you’ve finished interacting with all the displays and you find yourself wanting more from Disney, take a stroll through the gift shop—its shelves are stocked with everything from books to games to puzzles to drawing and colouring kits. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, there are two huge Toy Story fabric posters that are worth taking a picture with.
If you’re a kid, you’ll have fun. But if you’re an adult, you’ll have even more fun (because we’re technically all kids at heart, right?).
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Scroll through the photos below for a look inside The Science Behind Pixar.