If you were driven in a black van and told to get out in front of a building that has no signs or address on the building, and surrounded by a big black fence, what would you think? If you were a blogger you would have butterflies in your stomach because you knew something amazing is about to happen to you.
Disclosure: Disney, Pixar, and Disney Junior have sponsored my travel, accommodations, most meals, and activities during this event. All opinions (and fun) in this article here are mine unless noted otherwise.
Last month, for the first time ever, Pixar Animation Studios allowed us to walk through the doors of the Pixar Archives. We were the first bloggers, media, press… whatever you want to call us… we were the first, besides employees, to step foot into the archives and let me tell you with one word – WOW!
Inside the Pixar Archives, you will find every sketch, doodle, inspiration, and statue that has ever been created for Pixar Animation Studios. This year, Toy Story is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary (yes! Let that sink in for a minute…) so we were invited to learn a bit more about how Toy Story was created.
As soon as 5 people are on board to begin making a Pixar film, the Pixar Archives knows about it and they send a list of what they need. Even down to the smallest note written with scribbles of doodles and ideas it will be saved and sent to the archives. The archives are kept for many reasons but one being that inspiration for future films can potentially come from even the random stuff.
The idea for Toy Story goes back to 1988 when Tin Toy (running time: 5 minutes) won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, becoming the first CGI film to win an Oscar. John Lasseter wanted more so with Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) and Pete Docter (Monsters INC, Up!, Inside Out) they pitched to make Tin Toy a regular holiday special but they were told no! No meaning if they had a big enough story to make a holiday special then they could go further and create a full movie. So they went to work!
Tinny would later become Lunar Larry and then Buzz Lightyear and after Bud Lukey drew over 200 variations of Dummy, Lasseter would finally decide on and rename Dummy to Woody. Jut look at the photos below to what Buzz and Woody could have looked like. It’s hard to imagine these characters looking anything other than what we know and love, right?
At last count, The Pixar Archives had over 5 million pieces with more being added each and every day since we know there are 4-5 films being currently made and there are even a few secret films that haven’t been announced yet!