Paris Adventures Pt. 1 (cont.): Pixar Exhibition!

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.

Docks en Seine

Docks en Seine

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:

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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

Ratatouille:

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Rats in Paris

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The food critic/bad guy, Anton Ego

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“Letting Remy out of the Jar” scene – pretty cool to see how different they can end up looking

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Resin sculpture of Remy!

Then there was (arguably) the most successful animated movies of all time,

Toy Story:

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Buzz and Woody sculptures!

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Martians! (“The claaaaaaaaaaaw”)

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Toy Story 3 Color Storyboard

And, of course, the scene that made me start bawling in Toy Story 3….

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Buzz and Woody saying bye to Andy (them feels, though…)

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

Wall-E

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Wall-E concept art

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Eve concept art

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Wall-E on a barren planet

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Wall-E color storyboard

There was also Cars

Cars dressed up Japanese style!  Only Cars picture I took

Cars dressed up Japanese style! Only Cars picture I took

Brave

Crazy how different they look here.  Cutting the tapestry

Crazy how different they look here. Cutting the tapestry

Merida runs away from home

Merida runs away from home

Finding Nemo (some really cool artwork here!)

The many faces of Nemo

The many faces of Nemo

"duuuuude headbump!" *thunk*

“duuuuude headbump!” *thunk*

Nemo gets caught in a fishing net

Nemo gets caught in a fishing net

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Meeting a whale

One of my personal favorites, The Incredibles (Les Indestructibles en français), which I watched a couple dozen times as a child:

Elastigarl art

Elastigarl art

Jack Jack!

Jack Jack!

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Violet

Mr. Incredible being not-so-incredible

Mr. Incredible being not-so-incredible

Edna Mode

Edna Mode

Failed panorama shot of The Incredibles color storyboard

Failed panorama shot of The Incredibles color storyboard

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!)

How to tell a love story in 12 frames.

How to tell a love story in 12 frames.

Kevin the bird

Kevin the bird

Up color storyboard

Up color storyboard

A lot of cool artwork from Monsters Inc.

The characters of Monsters Inc.

The characters of Monsters Inc.

Mike Wazowski.  Pretty glad they changed his look

Mike Wazowski. Pretty glad they changed his look

Boo in different costumes

Boo in different costumes

Boo (in costume) sculpture!

Boo (in costume) sculpture!

And some art from their shorts.

Here's Day and Night

Here’s Day and Night

The Blue Umbrella

The Blue Umbrella

Boundin'

Boundin’

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.

 

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