Pixar: 30 Years Of Animation
Many people don’t realize that we have almost as many artists at Pixar working in traditional media—hand drawing, painting, pastels, sculpture—as we do in digital media. Most of their work takes place during the development of a project, when we’re working out the story and the look of the film. The wealth of beautiful art created for each movie is rarely seen outside the studio, and the finished film we send around the world would never be possible without it.
Computer animation is both an extraordinarily liberating and extraordinarily challenging medium. While it contains no limits except those that you choose for yourself, it also contains nothing, down to the smallest detail, that you do not create yourself. You get nothing for free.
There are never any lucky accidents in the computer, only hard-won victories. So the development stage, the time before we build our digital world, is the time when we’re most free. We encourage our artists to explore as much as possible, to give their imaginations free rein. In turn, their art inspires our storytellers and filmmakers to new heights.
In the early days of computer animation, people used to ask us if the computer made the film. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since then. It’s been deeply gratifying to have our medium recognized for the art form that it is. In the more than ten years since the Museum of Modern Art in New York premiered Pixar: 20 Years of Animation, the exhibition has traveled around the world, throughout Europe, East Asia, Latin America, and Australia. It’s been wonderful to bring this inside look at the studio to so many different countries and to see how enthusiastically everyone has greeted the work of our talented artists.
We’re very proud to present this exhibition, marking Pixar’s tricennial anniversary in 2016. Pixar: 30 Years of Animation showcases artwork from each of our films—from our early short films and Toy Story through Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur.
We’re incredibly proud of Pixar’s many talented artists, and we’re thrilled to present their work to you.