Sometimes I get to do really cool things when I go on press trips. This trip I got to see what the inside of the Pixar Archives looks like! This is a place that not too many people have seen the inside of, and I am one of them! Also, this place is so secure that if there was a zombie apocalypse, this would be the place to go!
Jonas Rivera was the founder of the Archives. After they made Toy Story, they realized that they should have the archives as a resource. The archives house everything from department notes, review notes, all the scripts, awards, press clippings, clothing, etc. If it had something to do with the film, you will find it there.
The Pixar Archives are really a living archives. They meet with each production as soon as there are 5 people on a project. They let them know what they need. They also support every team and department at Pixar.
They also have exhibitions that they lend their pieces out to. At any time, 500-700 pieces are out!
The crazy thing is that Toy Story will be out 20 years this year! It can’t be that old! Here are 5 things I bet you didn’t know about Toy Story:
- There are over 200 versions of Woody.
- Buzz Lightyear started out as Lunar Larry.
- Buzz Lightyear got his colors (purple and green) from Nancy and John Lasseter. It was their favorite colors!
- The inspiration for the mutant toys was from the “Unknown Museum” in Merin County. It was full of weird stuff.
- After they draw a character, they sculpt it. That is to make sure that the character is true to life.
Pixar Archives has over 5 million pieces in it! What did you learn about Toy Story or Pixar that you didn’t before?