Tuesday, 1 August 2006

acmi goes to infinity and beyond!

Animated characters such as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and Sulley from Monsters, Inc. will come to life in a spectacular new exhibition celebrating 20 years of Pixar Animation Studios at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, opening mid 2007.

Pixar: 20 Years of Animation will feature over 500 works of original art from Pixar Animation Studios. The show includes paintings, concept art, sculptures, and an array of digital installations. The works will reveal the intricate, hands-on processes behind Pixar's computer-generated films-including Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and numerous shorts.

Tony Sweeney, Director, ACMI said "ACMI is thrilled to be presenting this blockbuster exhibition under the umbrella of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. ACMI continues to bring to Victoria the works of the masters of the world of film, television and new media and is delighted to host this exhibition. Pixar has pioneered a revolution in theatrical animation and has been accorded the extremely rare distinction of exhibiting at one of the most important cultural institutions in the world, the Museum of Modern Art in New York."

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Disney and Pixar Animation Studios said "We are thrilled ACMI is honouring the artists of Pixar with this exhibition. Our artists work in traditional media - hand drawings, painting, sculpture - as well as the computer, to create our films."

"In our world the computer is a tool, the same as a pencil or a brush. Our artists create so much beautiful art for each film that most people never get to see, so we are very grateful to ACMI for giving Australians a rare chance to see behind the scenes."

Dr Ziggy Switkowski, President of ACMI said "Through presenting major international exhibitions such as Pixar: 20 Years of Animation and Stanley Kubrick: Inside the mind of a visionary filmmaker ACMI has reconfirmed its reputation, both here and overseas, as the premier destination in Australia to showcase screen culture."

At the heart of Pixar: 20 Years of Animation are the concept drawings, sketches, paintings and sculptures that scores of artists have created over the past two decades to devise the groundbreaking computer-generated image animation for which Pixar has become internationally recognised.

The exhibition will demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between traditional and digital media pioneered by the studio over its twenty-year history.

About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios combines creative and technical artistry to create original stories in the medium of computer animation.

Pixar has created seven of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Cars. Pixar has won 20 Academy Awards® and its seven films have grossed more than $3.4 billion at the worldwide box office to date.

The Northern California studio will release its next film, Ratatouille, on June 29, 2007.

All of the Pixar artwork and digital media are on loan from the archives of Pixar Animation Studios

The Pixar: 20 Years of Animation exhibition in Australia is managed by Barbican Art Gallery, owned and funded by the Corporation of London.

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
[email] claire.butler@acmi.net.au  
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