Pixar’s history on display in Prague

A traveling exhibition of images and related items is at Výstaviště

An exhibition showcasing the artwork of animation studio Pixar is at Křižík Pavillion E at Výstaviště in Prague 7–Holešovice until May 26.

Pixar – 30 Years of Animation has been traveling around the world and is an official touring exhibition from the studio. Prague was host to similar shows in the past such as Tim Burton and His World and David Cronenberg: Evolution.

The Pixar exhibition presents archival as well as newer works so visitors can see Pixar’s process for creating characters. The exhibition traces 30 years of Pixar from early animated shorts to its popular features, and from a small team of animation enthusiasts to the world’s most famous animation studio.

Pixar’s successes include Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up, Brave, Inside Out and Coco.

Hundreds of original drawings featuring characters like Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Nemo, Dory, and Mike and Sulley help to illustrate the history of the studio and show how Pixar’s characters and stories come to life.

In addition to traditional and digitally painted artwork, there are multimedia elements including a zoetrope with Toy Story characters spinning to life, and ArtScape, an immersive look into the worlds of Pixar’s films.

Pixar grew out of the success of the 1977 sci-fi hit Star Wars. In 1979 Ed Catmull was hired by Star Wars director George Lucas to head one of the divisions of Lucasfilm focused on digital production tools. A few years later, animator John Lasseter joined the group and directed the first all-CG animated short film, The Adventures of André and Wally B.

In 1986 George Lucas, suffering from losses due to the box office failure of Howard the Duck, sold his computer graphics division to Steve Jobs, who, along with Lasseter and Catmull, named the new company Pixar Animation Studios.

In 1995, Pixar released its first fully computer-animated feature film, Toy Story. a critical and commercial success. Computer animation ushered in a new wave of digital filmmaking that affected the entire the visual effects industry. John Lasseter received a Special Achievement Award at the Oscars and Toy Story was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, a first for an animated film.

Shortly after that, Czech writer and director Jan Pinkava, who then worked for Pixar, made the short film Geri’s Game, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Short.
Pixar’s movies have won 35 total Academy Awards and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date. Incredibles 2, Pixar’s 20th feature, was released in 2018.

For more information on the exhibition see www.pixarexhibition.cz

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