I took Maya along to the Pixar: 20 Years of Animation Exhibition at the Science Centre, Singapore on Saturday. I was invited as a blogger and so was able to take photos, so am happy to be able to give you a good inside look.

This exhibition would be fascinating for any children interested in drawing, art or the process behind film-making. Of course computers are now used to produce the animation, but the creative process starts off with a pen, blank paper, or some clay. Some of the drawing displayed are really beautiful and give a good understanding of the process and inspiration behind some of the most popular animated characters in recent years.

A developmental drawing of Buzz and Woody, Toy Story, 1995

Pixar had produced some amazingly inventive animated films over the past 20 years, beginning with Toy Story and including Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and UP. All the popular characters are featured in the exhibition, either in story boards, clay models, paintings or developmental drawings.

Study for Sullivan, Monsters Inc., 2001

It was fascinating to see the initial studies for the fur patterns of Sullivan (the big blue, furry monster) in Monsters Inc., and the beautiful studies of colour palettes for the changing seasons for A Bug's Life.

But the highlight for us was the spectacular Zoetrope, featuring the characters from Toy Story. This Zoetrope was a popular form of entertainment in the late nineteenth century and illustrates the basic principles of animation.

It took a bit of lateral thinking for Maya to understand the concept that as the carousel spins and the strobe lighting flashes, the human eye sees each figurine in a constant motion. When the carousel slows down we can see that in reality there are many different stages 0f what we thought was one image.

In conjunction with the exhibition are some 3D films, and at the moment (May, 2010) the 3D version of Toy Story 1 is being shown. In June the film will change to Toy Story 2.

And Maya's verdict on the exhibition: "Cool!"

WALL.E colourscript, a digital painting

Pixar:20 Years of Animation runs until June 27th, 2010 at Science Centre, Singapore

Time: 10am-6pm (closed Mondays except School and Public Holidays)
Venue: The Annexe, Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road
Tickets: Adults S$24, children (3-16 years) S$19 which includes admission to Science Centre and 3D Movie.
Show times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm (Closed Mondays)


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