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The Science Behind Pixar
at The Franklin Institute

Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more

The Franklin Institute

Learn about the creation of all your favorite Pixar characters at The Franklin Institute's latest exhibition. Credit: C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia


March 12 – September 5, 2016


Ever wonder how Buzz Lightyear, WALL-E and your other favorite Pixar characters were born into the animated movie universe?

The Franklin Institute is hosting a unique, first-time look into the Pixar process and the science and technology behind it in a new, 14,000 square-foot exhibition.

From the detailed engineering to the mathematical concepts, this special, six-month exhibition dives deep to explore an array of animated films and the unforgettable characters within them. Visitors will have the opportunity to browse and learn from as many as 40 different interactive displays separated into eight categorized sections.

The hands-on experience aims to encourage school-aged children to explore science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) by spotlighting the crucial roles that these subjects play in the creation of favorite characters like Woody and Merida.

Thanks to recordings from members of the Pixar’s production teams, firsthand perspectives will be available from the artists and computer scientists who helped bring the company’s award-winning films to the big screen and unparalleled views will be given into the complete production pipeline.

Guests will also have the chance to engage in a plethora of learning experiences, including modeling activities, immersive set designs, animation opportunities and much more.

If you presumed creating a single strand of grass for films like A Bug’s Life was easy, you’ll learn otherwise and afterwards get to partake in generating your own grass — you choose the color, height and bend — as would Pixar artists. Visitors will also be able to become acquainted with subjects like the important role that physics played in the creation of Merida’s curly hair in Brave and how everyday objects are often used as the basis of the programming process.

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