Prague, Czech Republic – Czech fans of animated movies, rejoice! On Friday, an exhibition dedicated to the world-famous animation studios Pixar kicked off in Prague’s Holešovice Exhibition Grounds, in the capital’s 7th district.
The exhibition “Pixar – 30 years of animation” will showcase famous artworks and hundreds of original drawings and sketches used in some of the studios’ most famous animated films: from Toy Story, the movie that first made it famous to audiences around the world and first fully computer-animated feature film, to The Incredibles and less known animated short movies produced by the studios in its early years.
The exhibition will also aim to present the history of the famous animation studio and explain the behind-the-scenes techniques and processes used in the creation and development of the world-famous stories and animated characters. “In addition to traditional and digitally painted artworks, guests will be treated to other multimedia experiences”, including an ArtScape, “an immersive look into the worlds of Pixar’s films”, according to the organizers of the event.
The exhibition has been touring the world for several years now. After touring in Asia (Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China), it launched in Italy last year and premiered in Prague on Friday, February 15. The exhibition will run in the Czech capital until May 26. It’s organized by Art Movement, the association that was also in charge of organizing the highly successful exhibitions about Tim Burton and David Cronenberg in Prague.
For adults, the entrance fees to the exhibition range from 250 Czech crowns (Monday-Thursday) to 290 Kc (Friday to Sunday). Discounts are also available for students (210-230 Kc), children until 16 years old and seniors (190-220 Kc).
The exhibition is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm at the Holešovice Exhibition Grounds. For more information, you can visit the website of the event here.
Pixar is an American animation studio founded in 1979 as the digital production division of Lucasfilm, the studio of Star Wars creator George Lucas. In 1986, he sold the computer graphics division to Steve Jobs, who named the new company Pixar Animation Studios. Since then, it produced 20 animated feature films that have conquered the hearts of young and older moviegoers, including Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Cars, Wall E, Up, Brave, Inside Out and Coco. Ratatouille, the famous feature film about a gourmet rat’s adventures in Paris, was co-written by Czech-British animator Jan Pinkava.
Let’s also not forget that Karel Zeman, one of the most influential pioneers of animation techniques in the world, came from the Czech Republic.
To date, Pixar movies have won 35 Oscars and grossed more than 13 billion dollars at the box-office worldwide.