Everybody has a favorite Pixar film, but what it takes to make one is a mystery to most fans. Now the ingenuity behind the magic comes to light in the new exhibition The Science Behind Pixar, opening at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Friday, October 11. This immersive experience explores the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used at Pixar Animation Studios every day to bring their beloved films and characters to life. Movie theater audiences witnessed a filmmaking revolution in late 1995 when Pixar released Toy Story. The movie was the first of its kind—a feature-length computer-animated production—and critics and the general public alike were enthralled to see something so fresh and groundbreaking on the big screen. Nearly 24 years and 21 box office hits later, Pixar continues to impress and delight. Each section in The Science Behind Pixar focuses on a step in the filmmaking process—modeling, rigging, surfaces, sets and cameras, animation, simulation, lighting, and rendering—delivering an unparalleled view of the production pipeline used by the Pixar artists and computer scientists. Guests will enjoy more than 50 interactive elements, hear first-hand from the studio’s production teams in video profiles, and come face-to-face with re-creations of popular characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E. These are just some of the activities included in the experience: 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. Create a virtual 3D shape and play it in a 360-degree view. See and touch scale models of many of the beloved Pixar characters. Explore lighting challenges, similar to what Pixar artists faced in creating animated water in Finding Nemo. Try your hand at stop-motion animation of a jumping lamp, like the one in Pixar’s iconic logo, and watch a short film of what you produced. Discover 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-sized re-creations of many of your favorite Pixar characters. “We are excited about bringing this unique experience from Pixar Animation Studios to the Colorado community,” said George Sparks, President and CEO of the Museum. “Pixar films are one of the most inspiring examples of how science, technology, engineering, art, and math can intersect with creativity and imagination to bring joy and awe to people of all ages.” The exhibition will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Timed tickets will be required and may be purchased at dmns.org/pixar or 303.370.6000. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Guests pay $29.95 adult, $24.95 senior (age 65+), $22.95 junior (ages 3–18). Students receive 10 percent off adult admission with their ID. All tickets include general admission. Museum members receive discounted admission. 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.