If there is one question that is asked of Pixar more than any other, it is whether the studio allows people to visit and tour its beautiful campus. The studio is closed to the general public, as it can’t have thousands of people walking its halls every day while employees are working away on upcoming films. Still, there are fundraising events held throughout the year, which invite people to support a worthy cause and tour Pixar’s campus. The annual Cartoon Art Museum benefit is being held this May – find out more details after the break!
The Cartoon Art Museum is a great space in San Francisco dedicated to cartoons and comics – it makes sense that Pixar has developed a close relationship with the museum. Events to raise money for the museum are held annually at Pixar (although there was no event last year), with tours being given and incredible (original) artwork auctioned off. And yes, those with tickets to the event also get to visit the employee-exclusive shop at the studio.
This year’s event, being held on Saturday, May 17th, celebrates the 10-year anniversary of The Incredibles, which was released in theaters in November 2004. A Q&A session will be held with several members of the filmmaking team scheduled to appear, including director Brad Bird, head of story Mark Andrews, supervising animator Tony Fucile, director of photography Andrew Jimenez, and storyboard artists Ted Mathot and Kevin O’Brien.
Tickets are definitely on the expensive side ($500 for the general public, $450 for museum members), but with good reason – it is a fundraising event, with the proceeds going to a good cause. Think of it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that supports a fantastic museum.
Click here for more details and to purchase tickets – the event always sells out, so if you are considering going, you should make your plans ASAP.