In an undisclosed location somewhere near San Francisco there is a storage house of art, creativity and characters we all know and love as part of our family. The Pixar Archives house not only the smallest doodles that lead to what we’ve seen on the big screen. Every movie that Pixar releases takes anywhere from 4-5 years to create and everything that is presented during the design development and meetings is saved for later.
During my recent trip to Pixar Animation studios, we were given a very rare experience – a tour of the Pixar Archives. Inside temperature controlled spaces are original paintings, maquettes of characters and even one of a kind Halloween costumes created by employees and artists at Pixar. Besides preserving the items inside for future artists, the models and artwork can be used as reference for sequels or for inspiration for future projects.
In a building, loving named Queens after the New York neighborhood you will find Archivists who not only lovingly organize the items inside but also help to get them restored as needed. The archives contain everything from news articles about Pixar to awards that the company has won as well as given out to employees.
As a fan of Pixar movies, it’s hard to not get excited walking through the Archives, but of course no touching is allowed. From rolling library files filled with boxes from from all of the movies to specially made boxes to hold the hand crafted models of characters that are scanned for animation purposes.
When production began for Incredibles 2, artists went into the Pixar Archives to see some of the original character designs from the first movie. These concept characters can actually be seen in Incredibles 2 and some inspired the villains of the new film. Original concept artwork can be seen of Incredibles themselves and how they’ve changed over the years of animation.
Each item inside the Pixar Archive is lovingly cared for by the Archivist and their team to make sure they are there for future artists to learn from and be inspired by. Just a peek inside this world is amazing, and makes you wish you can dig through each file drawer and box to see all of the treasures inside.
INCREDIBLES 2 opens in theatres everywhere on June 15, 2018!
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About Incredibles 2:
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.