I did it! I toured the Pixar Animation Studios and BOY do I want to work there. Not only is it an environment that just fosters creativity… but it’s one that promotes fun and excitement as well. Did someone say swimming pool? (not yet, but I will)
I was SUPER excited to get invited on the Inside Out Disney trip because I have never seen inside the Pixar walls. What happens once you enter their doors? Inquiring minds and all of that.
As soon as you entered the campus, you saw their signature statue! I couldn’t resist taking a photo. At night, the lamp actually lights up. I took a photo of it, but it didn’t come out too great. Trust me, it looked SUPER COOL — click here to see another shot. A functioning over-sized massive Pixar lamp to greet all guests and workers. Would you expect anything less?
How can you resist with these fun smiles waiting for you right at the door!?
I picked up my badge and began to check out the lobby while the rest of the group grabbed their tags. You’d think that I wouldn’t find something as amazing as a full shelf of Oscars to explore. Academy Awards galore! One big film win after the other – right there for all of us to enjoy. I love that!
Pixar likes to refresh the space with art from the current promotional push. In this instance – Inside Out – was the big movie that everyone was anticipating. After all, most people in this building lent a hand working on the film. So, how wonderful for them to walk into work every day and see a frame they perhaps edited or colored or shadowed. WOW! I – unfortunately – can’t show you the art gallery. But just know that there was an entire gallery dedicated to Inside Out and it really captured the full essence of the film. It also includes a bunch of spoilers — which is why it shall remain top secret.
And just to get everyone into the spirit of Inside Out – the team had us pose like all the emotions from the film. You know I had a lot of fun with disgust. HA! (though I love broccoli)
As we toured the outside property, we saw tai chi groups, a huge soccer field and THIS – a beautiful swimming pool. Pixar encourages their workers to destress by activity and outdoor recreation. Ah-mazing.
We had dinner in the Brooklyn Building and I couldn’t help but notice its great design. Much quieter than the Steve Jobs building – but that’s because different jobs are handled at each location. Either way, you have to admit that everyone has a lovely view.
* Disney invited me to San Francisco to screen Inside Out and to visit Pixar Animated Studios. All opinions are my own.