After my walk along La Seine… I reached my destination, the cluster of buildings called Docks en Seine, where I would find Art Ludique, the museum that was hosting the exhibition.
Interesting note: the museum just opened in November 2013, so the Pixar exhibition, which runs from November 2013 to March 2014, is their first. Apparently, Art Ludique is a museum that was opened for the express purpose of celebrating art that in the entertainment industry, because after all (and I’m paraphrasing the quote in the museum) those who work in animation and make animated movies are before anything else, artists.
After paying the 11 euro reduced-price ticket, it was into the exhibition! I was super excited – I’m not sure when this happened but I really really really like Disney/Pixar movies – so imagine how happy I was to see this:
a 3D print of the Pixar lamp and ball (from Luxo Jr.), first! The rest of the museum was divided into sections based on movies/movie franchises. Of course the first section was
Then there was (arguably) the most successful animated movies of all time,
And, of course, the scene that made me start bawling in Toy Story 3….
Next up were some pictures from A Bug’s Life (which, weirdly, is called 1001 Pattes in French), which I don’t really remember watching. I didn’t get any pictures.
There was also
There was also Cars
Finding Nemo (some really cool artwork here!)
One of my personal favorites, The Incredibles (Les Indestructibles en français), which I watched a couple dozen times as a child:
Weird. I didn’t get any pictures of Dash.
Next up was another favorite, Up, which I remember watching with my mum while eating hairy crabs in Shanghai (yum!)
A lot of cool artwork from Monsters Inc.
And some art from their shorts.
Another highlight was the zoescope animation, which basically has a series of 3D figurines spinning while a strobe light flashes, giving the illusion of individual pieces moving. It’s hard to describe, really, but here’s a youtube video that roughly (emphasis on roughly) illustrates what I saw. Beware of the strobe light!
It was pretty crazy to see how much work/redrawing goes into pixar’s animations, from sculptures to pencil/ink drawings, to coloring in photocopies, to storyboards, to trying out different outfits for each character, but I guess that’s what you need to have if you want to do something as well as Pixar does.
When I left, it was raining, so I took the bus, which was closer, back home. No pictures for my first public bus ride in Paris, but I think you’ve had enough of them already. Next goal – learn how to ride the Parisian buses!
That was a pretty good way to spend my Thursday afternoon. 11 euros well spent.