Pixar: 20 Years of Animation at Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Pixar 20 Years of Animation at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Pixar 20 Years of Animation at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum

“The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art!” – John Lasseter

Animation. I never realized how much time and effort went into creating a full-feature animated film until we went to the Pixar: 20 Years of Animation exhibit at Taipei’s Fine Arts Museum this weekend. The exhibit runs from August 7 until November 1, and features the worlds, characters and stories of Pixar’s film-making over the past two decades. There are over 600 items in the exhibit, including paintings, sketches, 3D models, storyboards, colorscripts, short films, multimedia installations and film presentations of behind-the-scenes production techniques.

It’s an incredible exhibit showing the various stages of art production for films like Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles and Ratatouille to name a few. The storyboards for the Incredibles were fantastic. The artists actually cut out shapes and glued them onto paper to make the artwork look three-dimensional. The 3D models are also really cool, especially the models for Monsters Inc. The amount of time that went into carving all that fur is mind-boggling. I also loved the original charcoal, pen and pencil drawings which eventually progressed into digital paintings and have me itching to speed up my Photoshop tutorials.

The Toy Story Zoetrope was our absolute favorite, though. We came upon it in full motion and couldn’t figure out how some of the figures were jumping and disappearing into the floor. After a few minutes, they slowed it down and we were able to see the figurines on a large revolving disc. Turning at a rate of 18 frames per second, your mind interprets the whizzing images as one to make it look like they are in continuous motion.

Pixar 20 Years of Animation at Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Pixar 20 Years of Animation at Taipei Fine Arts Museum

It was a great way to spend the afternoon. The only thing we didn’t enjoy was the crowds of visitors. This is the third week of the exhibit, so we were really surprised to see hundreds of people waiting to get in. There were several exhibits we couldn’t get near, which was really disappointing. All in all though, it was a great way to spend the afternoon. I’d recommend going during the week if you can. This is one exhibit you’ll want to take your time with.

Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

9 thoughts on “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation at Taipei Fine Arts Museum


    (August 31, 2009 - 10:15 pm)

    This show is amazing. I’m a “bit” of a pixar fan myself especially the cars movie.
    I just read that Disney purchased Marvel for 4 Billion Dollars and expanded the character invetory by 5000 characters. I wonder how big would be the next show????
    .-= John´s last blog ..Disney Cars Toys has generated $5 Billion since the 2006 release =-.


      (September 1, 2009 - 1:47 am)

      Hi John,

      Yeah, my husband was SUPER impressed with the Cars storyboard at the exhibit. I’ve also heard about that deal and wondered the same thing myself. Until then!


    (September 1, 2009 - 9:47 am)

    That looks so cool! I hope the exhibit visits here as well. And great dress!


      (September 4, 2009 - 1:32 am)

      Hi Kim. It was a very cool weekend. I wish I could have taken more pictures, but they were asking folks to put their cameras away.

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    Craig Ferguson (@cfimages)

    (September 4, 2009 - 12:54 am)

    Looks very interesting. I remember hearing that a single Simpsons episode takes 6 months to create. Did the exhibition mention how long a movie takes?
    .-= Craig Ferguson (@cfimages)´s last blog ..Five For Friday – Calendar Links =-.


      (September 4, 2009 - 1:56 am)

      Hi Craig,
      It takes years, literally. You wouldn’t believe the process. I’m simply amazed.


    (October 16, 2009 - 11:13 am)

    Hahahahahaha! Look at you..I mean your expression in the first shot! Hilarious! 😉
    I’m a big fan of Pixar creations! I love all of them. Awesome! The exhibit sounds great! Wish I was there too!
    .-= WildBlack´s last blog ..For Jeep Lovers! =-.


      (October 27, 2009 - 2:51 pm)

      😀 Me too.

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