The Science Behind Pixar at the Museum of Science and Industry

The Science Behind Pixar opens this Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry and  includes more than 40 interactive displays, which focus on how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are used by the artists and computer scientists that help bring our favorite Pixar movies to life. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar movies are made!

My niece and I went to the preview day this morning and we both had so much fun. Even though she is only three and some of the concepts are a little too advanced for her, she had a blast using the displays to move, light and manipulate the Pixar characters.

Tour: The Science Behind Pixar

The exhibit is divided into two rooms, with each room focusing on of the steps of filmmaking: modeling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting and rendering. When you enter the first room you are greeted with a short video that will explain the process prior to you entering the exhibit. The doors then open and Mike and Sulley from Monsters, Inc are there welcoming you.

Manipulate Jessie’s face from Toy Story by sliding knobs up and down on the computer screen. Is she surprised? Move her eyebrows up and down.  Sleepy? Close and open her eyes. This was one of my niece’s favorite stations. She loved being able to change the way Jessie’s face moved.

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Pull levers on the modeling station to see how drawings are made into digital sculptures. By pulling and turning the levers you are able to see the drawings turn into the actual shape used in the movies.

Another favorite of ours was the surface exhibit. Here you are able to see how different colors and textures look on the hood of Lightening McQueen. You are able to choose a color for your car as well as add decals or even add some rust or sparkle to your creation.

Turn the animation wheel to see how scenes come together.  Turn the wheel slowly and see the scene frame by frame.  Spin the wheel faster to play the scene in real time.

Get a first hand experience with lighting by changing the color of the water for Dory. You can understand the challenges that come with trying to get the right coloring and movement for the ocean.

Each station within the exhibit came equipped with a phone you could queue up to get more detailed information about the activity and there were also videos throughout with Pixar members detailing what goes into making each movie. There are also opportunities to take your photo with some of your favorite Pixar characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and Wall-E.

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This was a fun exhibit and although the concepts were geared towards older children, my niece who is three had a great time pushing buttons, pulling levers and creating her own Pixar masterpieces! I would highly recommend!

The exhibit opens May 24, 2018 and will run through January 6, 2019. It requires an additional timed-entry ticket: $14 for adults and seniors and $11 for children.

This article is sponsored by Museum of Science and Industry, but all opinions are my own.

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