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‘The Science Behind Pixar’ opening at Denver Museum of Nature & Science

by Brittani Tuttle

The creativity and technology behind the magic of Pixar will be on display in the new exhibition, “The Science Behind Pixar,” opening at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Oct. 11.

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This immersive exhibition will explore the science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts used at Pixar Animation Studios to bring the films you know and love to life.

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Each section in “The Science Behind Pixar” focuses on a single step in the filmmaking process used by the Pixar artists and computer scientists. Guests can try over 50 interactive elements, hear from the studio’s production teams in video profiles, and come face-to-face with re-creations of popular characters like Buzz Lightyear, Mike and Sulley, Dory, Edna Mode, and WALL-E.

Activities inside the exhibit include:

  • Build a robot inspired by the ones in “WALL-E”
  • Discover how a bug’s-eye-view was achieved in “A Bug’s Life” through camera angles and large set design on a computer
  • Create a virtual 3D shape and play with it in a 360-degree view
  • See and touch scale models of many Pixar characters
  • Explore lighting challenges, similar to what Pixar artists faced with creating animated water in “Finding Nemo”
  • Create a stop-motion animation of a jumping lamp
  • Take your photo with human-sized re-creations of your favorite Pixar characters
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The exhibit will be open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Oct. 11 – April 5, 2020 (except for Dec. 25). Timed tickets will be required and are $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors (ages 65+), and $22.95 for kids (ages 3-18). Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

To learn more, visit DMNS.org.

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