I’ve been lucky enough to tour the Pixar Campus before and each time have found it an inspiration beyond measure. We were there for the Inside Out Press Day which I will be filling you in on over the next few weeks. Right now I want to focus on the Campus and lead you through a photo story of the grounds. Hopefully you will feel the creative inspiration as well!
The Pixar Animation Campus is located in Emeryville California which is just outside of San Francisco. The studio is best known for its CGI-animated feature films created with PhotoRealistic RenderMan, its own implementation of the industry-standard RenderMan image-rendering application programming interface used to generate high-quality images. Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the computer division of Lucasfilm before its spin-out as a corporation in 1986 with funding by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who became its majority shareholder. The Walt Disney Company bought Pixar in 2006 at a valuation of $7.4 billion, a transaction which resulted in Steve Jobs becoming Disney’s largest single shareholder at the time.
As you walk into the main area of the building you see exactly the vision Steve Jobs had when he designed it. The atrium area wants everyone to come together. The goal is for everyone at some point to visit that area for food or restrooms. Informal meetings happen all the time due to the design of the building.
Luxo Jr., a character from an earlier Pixar short film of the same name, is the mascot of the studio.
Now let me let you in on 1 little Pixar secret: They have their own Cereal Bar. Read that again. CEREAL BAR. Not just as in 1 to eat, but a bar area that is full to bursting with yummy healthy cereal, fun kids cereal, and every kind of milk you can imagine. I sent the picture to my husband and asked him to build me one, but as you can imagine that was nixed quickly.
I mentioned before how they theme out the entire building to whatever film they are currently working on and releasing. So right now everything is themed for Inside Out. It’s such a visually stunning film that the artwork brings a joy to all the hidden spaces.
Life at Pixar
One thing I truly love about visiting the Campus besides the creativity floating through the air is that you can feel the love they have for their employees. They don’t just want them toiling away behind computers. Each office is decorated, people are in groups exercising, swimming at the pool, hanging out, etc.
I’ll leave you with these last 2 pictures I pulled from the Pixar website to show you just how much AWESOME is packed in to the Pixar Animation Campus. Where is the application??
Hits theaters June 19, 2015
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
***Disclosure: I attended #InsideOutEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***