Discover the ins and outs behind creating Pixar animations
Pixar Studios is now pulling people behind the scenes for an inside scoop on how it develops its animations for films. It’s all part of “Pixar’s 30 Years of Animation” which lets locals look at more than 400 drawings, sculptures, sketches, collages, storyboards, and video material of its films.
For about €10, people can plunge themselves into the minds of directors and artists who create Pixar animations at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. The event is sure to entertain since it includes artwork of nearly 20 films.
The exhibit of Ratatouille sticks out from the crowd with its unique sculptures of Remy the rat in a jar, and the head chef Linguini frantically guarding Remy with his hands. It draws parallels to Remy’s role in Ratatouille which is to boost Linguini’s cooking abilities by hiding in his hat to control his actions since the rat is an expert cook. And with the help of Remy, Linguini becomes a top chef. Therefore, the display of Linguini hiding Remy references how Linguinis has to hide Remy to avoid anyone discovering that the rat is cooking and not Linguini.
Stav Bar, who flew from Israel to attend the exhibit, says she enjoyed the Ratatouille display. “Their films have affected my childhood specifically…for ages now and everyone else,” Bar said. “I really like the pieces because they show the progress of the company.”
The progress that Bar is talking about can also be seen through The Incredibles display. The superhero film is known as the first Pixar animation to feature humans as characters. A piece called “Bob’s facial expressions” shows a four-head display of Mr. Incredible, one of the main character’s of the film, expressing multiple moods such as happy, scared, confused, and mischievous.
Sketches of Megaminimondo from Bug’s Life filled the walls of the exhibit. Pictures revealed how the shape of the character such as its antennas started out and finally finished for the film. The display also demonstrated how its color was concocted as well.
People who visit the Cars exhibit need to buckle their seatbelt because it’s sure to take viewers on a nostalgic ride through Radiator Springs. Sketches of Lightening McQueen pop out from the wall because of the picture’s vibrant colors. The artist of this sketch ensured the racing red car stood out from the pact.
People who stick around for the entire exhibit can see even more artwork from Pixar films such as Monster’s University, Finding Nemo, Brave, Up, Coco, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Wall-E, Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and more. You can visit the exhibit until January 20th of next year if you want to know the ins and outs behind creating Pixar animations and experience the magic of Pixar animations.
Till 20 January
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194 (Esquilino)
Open Sun-Thurs, 10am-8pm; Fri- Sat, 10am-10.30pm; closed Monday
Summer opening hours (24 July – 26 August): Sun-Fri 12pm-8pm; Sat 12pm-11pm; closed Monday
Entry fee: €10 – 12.50