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Pixar exhibit opening at Oakland Museum of California

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ever wonder how the geniuses at Pixar created "Toy Story," "Cars" or "Ratatouille?" Now you can get a behind the scenes look with the opening of "Pixar: 25 Years of Animation" Saturday at the Oakland Museum of California.

The images are unmistakable, memorable. The artistry of Pixar, the studio that redefined and revolutionized animation.

The exhibit holds more than 600 works that point to collaboration in every frame.

"One artist will make something, another will look at it, the director, the production designer, we're constantly reviewing our work and changing it and making sure it fits the story and fits the film," Pixar U Archive Director Elyse Klaidman said.

At Pixar their values have always been on strong characters, story and a convincing world.

"Before anyone touches a computer at Pixar all of the characters, the story and the world of Pixar is done by hand by artists doing drawing, paintings, and sculptures," Executive Director Lori Fogarty said.

The exhibit began five years ago at MoMA in New York. She convinced Pixar executives that the works should come to the Bay Area after a world tour.

"It was a combination of these things not only being great works of art, but also telling really important stories for Pixar," senior curator Rene De Guzman said.

Having the exhibition in Pixar's backyard means the artists and creators will be able to interact with museum goers.

The showstopper is the Pixar zoetrope. When it spins and the lights flicker, it creates the illusion of motion, the secret of motion pictures.

As impressive as all of this is, Pixar has more than a million artifacts in storage, opening up the possibility for more exhibitions. This one runs into next January.

Pixar and ABC7 are owned by the Walt Disney Company

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