Disney/Pixar sent me on an all-expense paid trip as part of the Cars 3 Sonoma Raceway press event in San Francisco. All opinions are 100% my own.
Welcome to PIXAR- one of the happiest places to work and the Birthplace of Cars!!
My trip with 24 other amazing bloggers to Pixar was magical in every way! How could it be anything but? The minute you walk in the door of the Steve Jobs Building, you can feel and magic! You can see it too!
One of the main reasons we visited Pixar is because it’s where Cars began! We went back to the beginning to see how the creative movie process and animation and storytelling works! I have to say, the tour was so much fun and so inspiring I would love to visit again!
Did you know Cars was released in theaters on June 9, 2006, accompanied by the short film “One Man Band?”
Be sure to keep June 16th open on your calendar! WHY? Cars 3 opens in theaters EVERYWHERE!!
How it all started!
It all started in 1979:
George Lucas recruits Ed Catmull from the New York Institute of Technology to head Lucasfilm’s Computer Division, a group charged with developing state-of-the-art computer technology for the film industry. Lucas’s wish list: a digital (nonlinear) film editing system, a digital (nonlinear) sound editing system, a laser film printer, and further exploration of computer graphics
BUT, Pixar came alive to me with TOY STORY in 1995!
Toy Story, the world’s first computer animated feature film, is released in theaters on November 22. It opens at #1 that weekend and will go on to become the highest grossing film of the year, making $192 million domestically and $362 million worldwide.
Did you know in 2000, Pixar moves to its new building in Emeryville, California?
Pixar is MAGICAL! it’s MOVIES and ANIMATION!
I can’t write about Pixar and not share my favorite Pixar Movies!
- Toy Story- of course in 1995
- Monsters, Inc. is released in theaters on November 2, 2001, accompanied by the short film “For the Birds.”
- Finding Nemo is released in theaters on May 30, 2003, accompanied by a re-mastered version of “Knick Knack.”
- The Incredibles is released in theaters on November 5, 2004, accompanied by the short film “Boundin’.”
- WALL•E is released in theaters on June 27, 2008, accompanied by the short film “Presto.”
- Up becomes the first animated feature film to open the Cannes Film Festival. It opens in wide release on May 29, 2009. with the short film “Partly Cloudy.”
- Monsters University is released in theaters on June 21, 2013 accompanied by the short film “The Blue Umbrella.”
- Finding Dory, accompanied by the short film “Piper,” is released in theatres on June 17, 2016.
Have you ever worked at a place with fun artwork embedded in the granite floors? We must have looked funny, all of us bloggers, searching Pixar for every Pixar character imaginable!
Pixar takes you back to your favorite movies! The building is filled with your favorite Pixar characters! There is even artwork on display that has never been shown to the public!
Creativity is sparked with your favorite activities. yoga, swimming, tennis, basketball and more! How amazing would it be to be sent for a swim to clear your head and refocus on a project?
Play some basketball…
Take a swim….
Relax outside and enjoy yourself!
The beauty of the grounds inspires creativity from first glance! I am in love with the Birds of Paradise!
More About Pixar:
Pixar Animation Studios is an Academy Award ®-winning computer animation studio with the technical, creative and production capabilities to create a new generation of animated feature films, merchandise and other related products. Pixar’s objective is to combine proprietary technology and world-class creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages.
Don’t forget- Cars 3 Opens June 16th in Theaters EVERYWHERE!
Check out the new trailer below!
For my local readers:
The Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour will be rolling into Boston (Assembly Row, Somerville) on April 28th for 3 days only and is free and open to the public. The Somerville stop will be the one and only location in the Boston area for fans to experience the tour! Title Sponsors Include Alamo Rent A Car SM, Coppertone®, Crest®/Oral-B®, DOLE® and Mattel. Read more HERE.
Be sure to stay connected socially for ALL of the latest information and be sure to RACE to the theaters on June 16th!!
Check out my other Cars 3 Posts HERE!