Behind the scenes at Pixar in a new exhibition in Barcelona

by Lorraine Williamson

BARCELONA – Always wanted to know how Pixar animated films such as ‘Cars’ or ‘Toy Story’ are made? The CosmoCaixa Science Museum in Barcelona invites you to experience the process up close with the interactive exhibition ‘The Science of Pixar’. 

The exhibition was previously on display at the Museum of Science in Boston, created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. However, now it will make its Spanish debut in Barcelona. From yesterday to September 3, visitors to Barcelona can enjoy a unique behind-the-scenes look at the creation process of Pixar films. These include;

  • ‘Toy Story’
  • ‘Coco’
  • ‘WALL·E’
  • ‘Cars’
  • ‘Monsters Inc.’
  • ‘Finding Nemo’
  • ‘The Incredibles’
  • ‘Up!’
  • ‘A Bug’s Life’
  • ‘Brave’
  • ‘Ratatouille’


The exhibition guides you through the technical steps that Pixar professionals follow: from modelling (creating 3D characters) and rigging (developing virtual bones, muscles and joints) to the design of surfaces and sets. In addition, animation, simulation, lighting and rendering are all covered – all the ingredients needed to bring Pixar’s stories to life. 

First rank at Pixar 

With over 1,000 square feet of exhibit space at the CosmoCaixa Science Museum, dive into the wonderful world of Pixar. You’ll discover how the studio created underwater scenes for ‘Finding Nemo’, how they achieved an insect perspective for ‘A Bug’s Life’ and how they brought their first-ever computer-animated film, ‘Toy Story’, to life. 

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Become a Pixar artist yourself 

And it doesn’t stop there. Visitors can experiment with interactive elements themselves, such as moving the arms of the characters or changing the expressions on their faces. You can even customise the appearance of the cars from ‘Cars’. 

Step into the movie 

Dive into ‘A Bug’s Life’ and imagine yourself as one of the main ants, transform a bedroom from ‘Monsters Inc.’, create your own clip of the Pixar logo lamp and test how to control the lights in a scene from ‘Up! ‘ can adjust. 

Fascinating experience 

This unique exhibit offers a rare opportunity to experience the magic and science behind some of the most beloved animated films. It promises to be a fascinating experience for both young fans and adults interested in the engineering behind the magic of animated films. Click here for more information 

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