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Captivating Disney Pixar exhibition coming to Science World next month

Kenneth Chan Apr 23, 2018 11:43 am 21,391

To say the least, a ton of science and technical knowledge are required to execute the artistry, creativity, and storytelling behind a Disney Pixar animated film.

And a new 12,000 sq. ft. feature exhibition coming to Science World starting this Victoria Day long weekend aims to showcase all the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by Pixar artists and computer scientists to bring the storied computer animation film studio’s works to the big screen.

The Science Behind Pixar, featuring over 40 interactive elements, was created by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios. The upcoming exhibition in Vancouver will be broken into eight distinct sections, with each focusing on a step of Pixar’s filming making process: modelling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting, and rendering.

The activities and exhibits are inspired by some of Pixar’s most acclaimed films, including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Finding Nemo, and WALL-E.

Attendees will also have photo opportunities with human-size recreations of famous Pixar characters, such as Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL-E.

The Science Behind Pixar is a behind-the-scenes look at how our movies are made,” said Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, in a statement.

“The interactive exhibition gives people the opportunity to learn about the jobs our filmmakers do every day and tackle similar problems. It’s a great demonstration of how much creativity and imagination is involved in the science, technology, engineering, art and math thinking essential to our filmmaking process.”

The exhibition kicks off on May 19, 2018, and runs until January 6, 2019.

The Science Behind Pixar Vancouver 2018

When: May 19, 2018, to January 6, 2019

Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]

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