Usually when you think of Amsterdam you don’t think of Disney and Pixar, but this summer is changing all of that.
I’m not sure if I’m just jet-legged, but it seems like Mike Wazowski and Jimmy Sullivan are following me everywhere I go these days. Seriously! Our favorite furry monsters are currently the stars of the Amsterdam Pixar Exhibition, which celebrates 25 years of the animation powerhouse’s best films, at the Amsterdam Expo near Gustav Mahleraan this summer. Having seen Monsters University with my kids previous to my trip to the popular European destination, I definitely do feel like it’s been one Monstrous summer so far!
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Expo during my stay in Holland with Booking.com and being the huge Pixar fan that I am, I simply loved it. In fact, I even had a little mommy guilt that my husband and children couldn’t join me during my trip, as the celebratory exhibit had over 500 original pieces from the Pixar Animation Studios in California on display in the quirky Dutch city. If you’re a Nemo lover or a Buzz Lightyear fanatic and just happen to be strolling through Amsterdam with nothing to do (as if that were possible), definitely check out the expo as you won’t be disappointed. It definitely takes the saying “To infinity and beyond” to a whole new level.
Elyse Klaidman, the Director of Pixar University and Archive Curator, says the exhibition is offering fans a rare behind-the-scenes insight into the movies they love: “In our films, you don’t get anything for free. Everything has to be designed, everything! So you have the idea, then the director starts talking about what this idea should be, and the team of artists start to bring into life visually the characters, the worlds, the color, the light. And that’s what you see in this exhibition.”
And for those of you who need a refresher course on the voices behind some of our favorite Pixar characters, check out the photo gallery below. And of course, let us know what you think!
For more information on the Amsterdam Expo, which runs now through October, check out their site.
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