PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation set to open on July 31 in Oakland Museum of California

The world famous Pixar Animation Studios is bringing their exhibit back home to Oakland and expanding on the exhibit that was a worldwide success starting with its opening in 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The exhibit, PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation, opens at the Oakland Museum of California on July 31 and runs through January 9, 2011.  On display will be over 500 artifacts from the 25 years of the studios existence.  It will feature pieces ranging from the early short film’s the studio created in the 1980’s up through it’s latest release, Toy Story 3

PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation aims to give museumgoers a more in-depth look into the creative process that has went into the creation of some of the most brilliant animation the studio has produced.  The exhibit will display many of the pencil drawings, paintings, and sculptures that form the basis for the computer generated graphics the studio has become world famous for.

One of the highlights of the exhibit is two media presentations.  Artscape is a wide-screen projection of images processed digitally that gives viewers the feeling of being in, and exploring, the details of the studio’s original artwork.  The second presentation is the Toy Story Zoetrope.  The presentation is a three-dimensional device projecting a succession of images at a rapid pace, which creates the illusion of movement, much like a high-tech version of a flipbook. 

A 208-page, full color catalog of the exhibit is available exclusively through the Oakland Museum of California’s website.

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