About the Exhibition

In 1986, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs founded Pixar Animation Studios in California, U.S.A. It has been 30 years since then - an epic period of time in which the studio has enjoyed incredible success and created such beloved films as "Toy Story", "Finding Nemo", "Inside Out" and "The Good Dinosaur" which continue to be loved by people all over the world.
As the studio knows well, emotions are not moved by the superior technological achievements of computer animation alone. More than anything, it is the unique stories and memorable characters that fans embrace. Surprisingly, Pixar has almost as many artists working in traditional media-hand drawing, painting, pastels, sculpture-as they do in digital media to create these incredible worlds. Most of this work takes place during the development of a project, when the filmmakers are working out the story and the look of the film, but it is integral to the overall process.
This exhibition includes hand-drawn sketches, paintings, storyboards, colorscripts, and maquettes (character models) created by the studio's artists, as they participate in each film's development process.
The exhibition began at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005 and has traveled around the world since then. It comes to Japan in 2016 with new and never before seen pieces, added in celebration of Pixar's 30th anniversary.


◆Approximately 500 pieces of art will be on display, selected from various films including "Toy Story" (released in Japan in 1996), the studio's first fully computer animated feature film and its most recent film "The Good Dinosaur".

◆Pixar artists have created artwork with various mediums expressing what Pixar considers the most important elements of their animation production, Story, Character and World.

◆Two unique installations, specifically created for this traveling exhibit are featured; Zoetrope and Artscape

From left to right, top to bottom :

Bob Pauley, Woody and Buzz, Toy Story, 1995 Marker and pencil on paper Robert Kondo, layout by Jason Katz and John Sanford, Beat Board: Goodbye Andy, Toy Story 3, 2010, Digital painting Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi, Moment Painting: Expelled, Monsters University, 2013, Digital painting Jerome Ranft, Joy, Inside Out, 2015, Cast urethane resin and plastic Peter Sohn, Spot and Arlo, The Good Dinosaur, 2015, Reproduction of pencil on paper Sharon Calahan, Colorscript, The Good Dinosaur, 2015, Digital painting "Toy Story" Zoetrope, Wood, Aluminum, Brass, Steel, Glass, Plastic and Plaster, 2005 ©Disney/Pixar

Organized by

Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
The Yomiuri Shimbun/ Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc./ WOWOW INC.

Sponsored by

ITOCHU corporation

Supported by

The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd./ Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd./ FamilyMart Co., Ltd.

With the support of


Exhibition Information


March 5, 2016 (Saturday) - May 29, 2016 (Sunday)

Closed on

Mondays (except for March 21,May 2, May 23), March 22


Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Exhibition Gallery 1F,3F

Opening Hours

open until 20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Public holidays from April 29 to May 28
*Last admission to the gallery floor & last ticket purchase is 30minutes before the closing time.


Adults: 1,500yen
High School & University Students: 1,000yen
Elementary & Junior High Students: 500yen
*Free for children preschool and under
*Free entry to MOT collection ticket holders


From Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon Line: 9min. walk from the B2 exit.
From Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Toei Oedo Line: 13min. walk from the A3 exit.


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