The Science Behind Pixar

Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

With more than 50 interactive elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studio's production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E!

  • Try out a variety of activities representing eight of the steps in the production pipeline: Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets and Cameras, Animation, Simulation, Lighting, and Rendering.
  • Hear firsthand from members of the production teams as they share their video stories.
  • See and touch scale models of many of the beloved Pixar characters.
  • Create a virtual 3D shape and play it in a 360-degree view.
  • Build a robot inspired by the ones in WALL•E.
  • Discover how a bug’s-eye view was achieved for A Bug’s Life, through camera angles and large-set design within the computer.
  • See how digital sculptures are created based on sketches from artists.
  • Explore lighting challenges, similar to what Pixar artists faced in creating animated water in Finding Nemo.
  • See how models are given a virtual skeleton so the animators can add movement.
  • Become immersed in the techniques used to add color and texture to every surface in a film.
  • Take your photo with human-size re-creations of many of your favorite Pixar characters.

The Science Behind Pixar was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston, in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. © Disney/Pixar. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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