Prague to celebrate 30 years of Pixar animation

Prague to celebrate 30 years of Pixar animation

From the early animated shorts to “Toy Story” and “The Incredibles; across more than thirty years of development and hard work, from a small team of animation enthusiasts to the most famous animation studio in the world – this, in a nutshell, is the evolution of Pixar Animation Studios.

Fans of Pixar in the Czech Republic will soon have the opportunity to see that evolution first hand.

Pixar – 30 Years of Animation opens its doors in Prague next month. Hundreds of original drawings featuring beloved characters like Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Nemo, Dory, and Mike and Sulley will be on display, while visitors can explore the entire history of the studio and learn what it takes to bring an animated film to life.

Opening February 15 at Krizik’s Pavillions at the Holešovice Exhibition Grounds, the traveling exhibition offers visitors a peek under the hood of the renowned studio’s creative methods via original drawings.

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In addition, guests will be treated to a multi-media experience, including a Zoetrope in which the “Toy Story” characters come whirling to life, and ArtScape, an immersive look into the world of Pixar’s films.

Since its inception, Pixar’s pioneering use of computer animation ushered in a new wave of digital filmmaking, to create some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.”

Its movies have won 35 total Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $13 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Incredibles 2,” Pixar’s 20th feature, was released in 2018.

One of Pixar’s earliest films has a Czech connection: the 1997 short “Geri’s Game” in which an old man competes against himself in a game of chess, was directed by Prague-born Czech British writer and animator Jan Pinkava who would go on to co-direct and co-write “Ratatouille” (2000).

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“Geri’s Game” won the Oscar for Best Animated Short on Pinkava’s mother’s birthday — he dedicated the award to her long distance with a message in Czech.

The Prague exhibit takes place through May 26.

Tickets start at 250 CZK and are available at 

Katrina Modrá

A long-time resident of Prague, Katrina Modrá has covered Czech culture, lifestyles, and news for both local and international publications for 15+ years.

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