PIXAR 25 years of animation in Barcelona

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Last Thursday I went to the Pixar 25th anniversary exhibition in Barcelona with my friend.When we arrived there wasn't a lot of people and we could see everything without any rush which is always nice. Basically, the exhibition showcases the work that the artists behind the movies made: scripts, hand drawings, paintings, pastels, maquettes, digital drawings and the production process and everything that that involves. The movies they chose to exhibit were: Toy Story (the trilogy), A Bug's Life (which I think is so underrated but I really love), Monsters, Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars/Cars 2, Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up. Also, there were some of Pixar's early shorts and a thing called Artscape which was created just for this exhibition and it's an immersive film experience that shows what the artists saw when they created their works and apparently it was made to make you feel how it is to be a Pixar filmmaker.

(Side note: we weren't really aloud to take pictures, although a lot of people did, so that's why we just took a few and they're not really good quality...Sorry.)
Honestly, I could've never imagined all the hard work that artists do before the final product. Literally there were drawings made on, for example, 2004 but the movie did not come out until 2009. That's crazy!! Also what fascinated me was how different the characters are at the beginning of the process, they have to change them in order to fit the story and the world they're put in and wow just wow. There was a part that showed the process from the script to the actual digital scene and it blew my mind. All the drawings and sketches are so precise and so incredibly neat that it's even hard to believe that someone actually did that, PEOPLE ARE SO TALENTED.
There were also videos of the artists talking about specific things of some of the movies and one of my favourite things of the exhibition was one of those videos. It was about the relationship between Carl and Ellie from Up, I almost cried, it showed much more of their relationship than what's in the movie aka that means that the artists imagine a full story behind the characters but later on we only see a tiny part of that. It's obvious that the drawings were my most favourite thing. I love drawing and painting and could never imagine doing that, at least not that good. But there was this thing called Zoetrope which was a popular form of late nineteenth-century home entertainment, what it does is rapidly rotate a sequence of still images inside a cylinder so basically you see they move like if they were 'alive'. The one in the exhibition was from Toy Story 2 and it had the main characters 'jumping' and moving around.

I was so excited I don't even know what else to say about it. If this exhibition ever comes near you, GO, just go. You won't regret it. Some of my favourite animated movies are from Pixar so this was really huge for me. I was so excited like for real, my friend and I were like kids around there. We even went to take a picture with these big figures of Sully and Mike from Monsters University which might have been a bit embarrassing if you saw us but they were there for that so haha Then we went to the shop, expecting to found really expensive things, which there were (like the toys) but we found some affordable things: sketches and keyrings so we both bought one of each. There weren't many sketches though but still my fave was a Buzz Ligthyear one so I got it and a Mike Wazowzki keyring.
I've actually written this ahead again because right now I'm somewhere in London *cries of excitement* so expect posts about that when I come back!!
Do you like pixar movies? What's your favourite one?
Anna x

6 comments

  1. This was such a great post! I really enjoyed reading it! I hope you're having fun in London! I'm so jealous! Also Barcelona looks beautiful! I think my favorite movie is probably UP but there are so many it's hard to choose!
    xx
    Kenzie
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    1. Aww thank you!! It really is, hope you can come one day :)) UP is so beautiful but yess there are so many hahah
      Anna x

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  2. Looks like such a cool exhibition!!! I love PIxar, my favourite move is probably Monsters SA. Have fun in London!! :) x

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    1. It really was!! Pixar is amazing and Monsters SA is so great, I love Mike haha Thanks!
      Anna x

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  3. I think this exhibition came to my city but it's already gone and I haven't been there and DDD:
    Anyway it looks really cool specially the part that you've talked about the development of the characters and the background story ^-^ I wish I had gone to the exhibition when I could :(
    My favourite pixar movie... to be honest I like almost all pixar movies so I can't really choose one hahaha but I love A Bug's Life soooo much and Monsters Inc and Up and I could go on forever hahaha
    Laura xx

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    1. Aw sure you will have another chance and hopefully there will be new exhibitions in the future :) It really was, that was one of the best things!
      It's hard to choose haha Omg yaaay someone that remembers A Bug's Life :') hahah
      Anna xx

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