When you think of Pixar, you probably picture that funny image of a desk lamp bouncing across a screen. But in addition to being entertaining, Pixar’s films are filled with educational opportunities for kids and adults alike.
Starting May 19, Science World is hosting The Science Behind Pixar, presented locally by White Spot restaurants. This feature exhibition is complete with beloved animated characters that help reveal the science, technology, engineering, art and math behind the studio’s most heartwarming films. But don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s just for kids—Pixar has produced some of the most popular blockbusters of all time, so you’ll enjoy learning about the animation process too!
Walking into the exhibition is like stepping into the minds of Pixar’s team members. Eight of the steps of the filmmaking process are outlined, guiding visitors through stations that are packed with plenty of colourful buttons, gadgets and gizmos that will keep you and your kids elbow-deep in scientific discovery.
Every aspect of the animation process is described, from storytelling and art to lighting and movement. The exhibition also demonstrates the value of problem-solving skills by exploring the issues that animators face, and how they solve them with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Kids will learn the value of these subjects and how they can be applied to fun activities like creating art and writing stories.
When entering the exhibition, your family will be brought into the world of Pixar with a short film that walks you through their animation studios. Animators give firsthand accounts that describe the steps that go into creating these science-packed films and answer the question of how they make the leap from pencil and paper to computer to big screen. Your eyes will be opened to how these films are constructed, and your kids will thrive in the hands-on atmosphere of the exhibition. Once you’ve finished watching this educational film, you’ll move on to the other exciting steps of the Pixar Production Pipeline—where you’ll even get the chance to come face-to-face with characters such as Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode and WALL•E!
Let your kids experience what it’s like to work in an animation studio and learn about all the details and decisions that go into creating new worlds and characters. They’ll discover things like how lighting in a scene directs the audience’s mood and how the science of physics is used to create 3D models that are turned into images on screen. Together you can create an animation of Mike Wazowski waving, control the movement of a group of fish in Finding Nemo or design a virtual sphere like the one on the kitchen counter in Ratatouille. But, best of all, you can design virtual sets and even construct robots!
When you consider that this technology felt out of reach 20 years ago, just imagine what new and innovative methods the creators at Pixar will develop next! By visiting The Science Behind Pixar, developed by the Museum of Science, Boston and Pixar Animation Studios, and seeing what goes into making your family’s favourite animated movies, you may very well inspire your children to explore future careers in the world of science, animation and computer programming.
The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at TELUS World of Science, Vancouver:
When: May 19, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Time: Weekdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekends and holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Science World at TELUS World of Science
Address: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.