Kasey reviews … The Science Behind Pixar

Hey everyone,

Long time without a post, so I’m excited to change that tonight. A few months ago I heard that the Boston Science Museum was going to be hosting a temporary exhibit on the science of Pixar so of course I immediately freaked out and knew that I would be going to see it. I was able to go a couple of weeks ago with a friend of mine and it was absolutely amazing. But before I go into that (and share a few pictures!), let me just give you some info from the Museum of Science website.

So the exhibit is at the MoS from now until the beginning of January 2016, so if you’re in the area or thinking of visiting, there is still plenty of time to go. You can get a ticket online that includes admission to the main exhibit halls for $29 if you aren’t a member, although I think if you just want to see the Pixar exhibit you can buy a ticket at the museum for closer to $10 (don’t quote me on an exact number!). Members can buy a separate admission ticket for just $5.

During the day there are admission times every 10 to 30 minutes from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, so there are plenty of chances to go if you decide to buy a ticket at the museum the day of. The basic setup of the exhibit is that you first watch a short introductory movie before being admitted to the main exhibit. The movie is just a quick tour of all the different parts of the animating process and their departments at Pixar.

Once you get into the main exhibit hall, you can stay in as long as you want — the website recommends about 75 minutes and I think my friend and I probably took about 90. Throughout the room are different areas dedicated to all the different segments of animating. Each area has a video monitor where you can watch some really interesting interviews with people who work for Pixar, and then usually an interactive part where you can play around with some of these things yourself.

There were of course, also plenty of larger than life figures of different Pixar characters. So let’s take a look at some of the pictures I took!


This is a banner hanging above the stairs to the exhibit hall.


We were in the 3:00 group as you can see on the screen!



Here are a few of the signs in the waiting area where you stand in line before they let you in to see the film.


Do I look like Buzz? (I’m wearing an Inside Out Sadness shirt!)

UntitledYou don’t even want to know how long it took to get this picture. Annoying parents letting their children cut everyone and climb all over everything are the bane of my existence. Also, that is exactly how you raise entitled children.



The modeling station. I took a few of my funko mystery mini Inside Out figures to the exhibit with me. Rainbow Unicorn doesn’t seem amused. This station was actually really cool. You could grab the ball on the stick (right picture) and move the entire stick up, down, forwards and backwards and it would draw in 3 dimensions on the screen.


Flying pigs and sculpted bears

Untitled Rigging with Mike and Sully

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I actually loved this section where it talked about how A Bug’s Life made blades of grass because the class I’m teaching in right now is doing work with Parabolas and Parameters in computer science. You could play around with the different parameters on the screen to control the thickness and distribution of the grass.




UntitledUntitled My attempt at creating EVE from WALL-E



UntitledUntitledCool picture sequence from The Incredibles, and the tapestry from Brave!


And last but not least, the one, the only Edna Mode!

The Pixar exhibit was amazing and if you are a fan then my pictures barely do it justice. Do yourself a favor and go see this exhibit. And if you can’t, hopefully my pictures managed to convey just a little piece of the magic.

One of the things I thought I might not like about the exhibit was that it might take away some of that magic by showing the math and science behind what these animators do, but actually I think it did the opposite. It was so cool to see how many little and intricate pieces there are to this puzzle and how things that some people think of as so cold and maybe boring can make something so artistic. Just looking through these pictures I’m actually tempted to go again, although maybe on a weekday during the school year when it might be a lot less crowded and full of rowdy children.

Up next will be a post about this month’s Fandom of the Month club (which I might get up tonight or tomorrow actually so check back very soon!)


2 thoughts on “Kasey reviews … The Science Behind Pixar

  1. That looks really cool! I remember being in total awe of the Narnia display in Disneyworld a few years ago, it’s amazing how it doesn’t ruin any of it for you but seems to make it that much better. And yes, I agree with you completely on kids climbing on stuff/cutting line/doing whatever they please being completely annoying. It’s no wonder we have an entire society of narcissists!


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