Pixar Archives Tour
I felt like a superhero while at Pixar when we had to be stealthy (not so much) and make our way to the super-secret location of the Pixar Archives. This is a brand new 15,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility is less than 2 years old and holds everything since Toy Story. Our group was some of the first outside guests to tour the facility.
Just coming through the door, you know how important this facility to the world of Pixar. There was no recording, no pictures, no pens, and there was tape on the floor when you walk in – to clean your shoes! The Pixar Archives are made up of high-density mobile shelving that stores every piece of artwork ever created by any artists at Pixar. That includes drawings, collages, maquettes (scale model or sculpture). Everything that is made for the film is stored here. Obviously, we didn’t tour the entire facility, but we were able to see some of the drawings and maquettes from INCREDIBLES 2 and a few other pieces.
In the three maquettes of Bob Parr above, the artists were able to see the differences in the faces that he made so that they could animate him. Archives Manager Juliet Roth called them the “squash, stretch, and ooh” maquettes and if you look at them that’s exactly what they look like they’re doing.
We were able to view other sculptures and molds, including Toy Story Woody (original) and Buzz maquettes. The Pixar Archives include Pixar press clippings. Everything is sorted, filed in a database, and archived.
Fun Fact: There are 100,000 storyboards for each movie and only 20,000 are used. All 100,000 storyboards are kept in the Pixar Archives when the movie is finished.
INCREDIBLES IN THE ARCHIVES
In the picture below, Melissa Woods and Juliet Roth show us the INCREDIBLES Color Script. Just by looking at the pages, you can see the emotional journey of the movie.
Original drawings from Frozone model packet.
Surprise! Edna Mode is a force to be reckoned with in INCREDIBLES. This artwork shows what Edna Mode was originally supposed to look like in INCREDIBLES.
Original Artwork of the INCREDIBLES Bob Parr at work.
Original artwork of Violet.
Some of my favorites all in one case! I spy…
Visiting The Pixar Archives was truly an awe-inspiring experience and I wish we could have stayed longer. I volunteer to go back if they need someone to ooh and ahh some more. 🙋
INCREDIBLES 2 opens June 15, 2018