Exclusive Look Inside Pixar Animation Studios during the Inside Out Press Day
*I was provided with this opportunity by Disney/Pixar. Any opinions are 100% my own.
When you think of Pixar, things like Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Cars come to mind. When you see the iconic Pixar Lamp show up on-screen, you know something great is about to happen. What you don’t see are the stories coming to creation. The pencil to the paper, the lights to the camera, the action to the animation, and the place where it all happens. Pixar Animation Studios.
Not just anyone can enter the campus of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. The day myself and 24 other bloggers were able to enter the gates was Inside Out Press Day, also known as “crazy shuttle driver got us lost and was not funny” Day. Whatever we call it, the day will be remembered and I’m going to give you an Exclusive Look Inside Pixar Animation Studios…through my lens in the places we were allowed to photograph that is.
To say that the campus of Pixar Animation Studios is a breath-taking place you would want to visit everyday doesn’t even do it justice. The grass, trees, and shrubs are so vibrant and colorful. If you love basketball as much as my hubby, you are going to wish you had a basketball court at work like the employees of Pixar Animation Studios get to dribble on!
The Pixar Soccer Field was calling my name as if I was Mia Hamm in a former life when in reality the last time I kicked a soccer ball was base soccer at a park with pizza boxes for bases. But still, that field made me feel like I could play even though we didn’t.
Pixar Animation Studios has a pool. Seriously people, a pool….not many places of employment offer that benefit that I’m aware of. And a basketball court, and yoga class and those are just the things we spotted. If Pixar is aiming for a place that makes people feel comfortable, encourages creativity, gives you experiences, and make you want to come back every day, well they’ve done it…..and we haven’t even gone inside of a building.
So, how about we head inside. The Steve Jobs Building is where we spent most of our time on the Inside Out Press Day and it really is the hub of the Pixar Animation Studios. Lots of important offices and meeting rooms, the mail room, and the two most important things: food and the Pixar Store.
There is a reason all of these things are inside the Steve Jobs Building, which was once a Del Monte Canning Factory. Those things bring people together, out of the office, and can encourage conversation. Steve Jobs designed the concept of Pixar Animation Studios with the idea of a big, open and informal environment that nurtures creativity and I really felt that when we were there.
The main floor walls of the Steve Jobs Building had large images from Inside Out hanging and I wish I had a bag big enough to fit them in! They update the area when a Pixar movie is getting ready to release to help feed the excitement that everyone is feeling. Kinda like decorating the nursery for new babies minus all the sleepless nights and endless diaper changes that come after….or maybe not….
The decor even took on a long-term memory look – you will understand when you see Inside Out in theaters beginning June 19th! Trust me, I’m already planning a few shopping trips to recreate the big centerpiece in my bedroom.
Right inside the entrance of the Steve Jobs Building is a case that houses some pretty special pieces and awards.
There are lots of chances for photo opps with some of your favorite Pixar charterers at Pixar Animation Studios! Wouldn’t you like to be greeted by Buzz, Woody, Mike, Sulley, and more when you get to work in the morning?!
Not only were there awesome photo opps, but there was also a super fun “Emotion Photo Booth” set up for the Inside Out Press Day! Using props, we did our best impressions of fear, anger, joy, disgust, and sadness. Then…..
….we received a super awesome photo collage of all the emotions inside our head, to take home!
One of my favorite stops on the Pixar Animation Tour was a place we couldn’t even take photographs. The hallway where Pixar Animation Studios Animation Artist Steve Pilcher’s drawings hung. Drawings Pilcher has been working on for many years that have recently been turned into a storybook titled “Over There”! I was impressed with the intricate sketches and all the tiny details.
Shredder is a little shrew who lives by himself, and while he loves his forest home, he gets a bit lonely. There must be something more, he thinks. So when he sees a “silver line twinkling in the distance,” he decides to find out what it is. He discovers a beautiful stream, but then he gets caught up in the current! Luckily, a mole named Nosey saves him. As they explore, Shredder begins to miss the forest, so he and Nosey return together, and Shredder realizes that all he really needed was a friend.
You can order a copy of Over There by Steve Pilcher on Amazon.com!
More random tidbits from Pixar Animation Studios Tour:
- The Pixar Animations Studios Campus is very “green”. Almost everywhere I saw a trash can in the common areas, there was a recycle and compost container right next to it.
- Employees often ride around on scooters and bicycles.
- The Pixar Animation Studios campus sits on 22 acres
- The Steve Jobs Building is 2 stories and measures in at 218,000 square feet.
- The only bathrooms at Pixar Animation Studios are housed in The Steve Jobs Building.
- Each of the Pixar Animation Studios building and areas are named after places in New York.
- The Pixar Lamp is named Luxo Jr.
Finally, it wouldn’t be in fun Pixar fashion if I didn’t include some laughable outtakes.
Make sure you catch Inside Out in theaters on June 19th and get there in time to watch Lava, the short right before the movie!