THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR

Visit St. Paul's Science Museum of Minnesota to explore the new Pixar exhibit June 9 through Labor Day

By Aubrey Schield

Picture this: A playful desk lamp hops across a television screen, squeaking and squishing as it goes, until it eventually stomps out an I and shines its light with great pride. I think you all know what I'm talking about—Pixar's iconic intro animation that precedes the animation company's many movies. Pixar has long been a favorite for kid-friendly movies that are still relevant for older audiences. I think we can all name a few movies that shaped our childhood (or adulthood) that we have Pixar to thank for. For me, it's probably Finding Nemo, but others cite Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, WALL-E, Inside Out, Up and, of course, the delightful Pixar shorts that accompany their feature length films.

Lucky for visitors to the Twin Cities, the Science Museum of Minnesota is hosting the nationally touring “The Science Behind Pixar” exhibit this summer. Kids and adults alike will love exploring the many features of the exhibit. In addition to meeting your favorite characters and learning about their animation, you'll learn about the Pixar filmmaking process through 40 interactive elements and screen-based activities. Pixar's process involves eight steps from initial modeling to final rendering, and you can learn about and participate in each one.

For the young at heart…

Head to the Science Museum on June 8 for a 21+ preview event of the exhibit. Hear live music as you explore the exhibit and enjoy special presentations. Admission is $23.95 ($19.95 for museum and/or MPR members). Be sure to take advantage of complimentary Metro Transit rides to and from the museum! Fill out this quick survey for your pass.

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