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!
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Billy Crystal – Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. 2 of 9
Mike Wazowski has a special place in my heart (and not just because he's a Polish monster like me), but because, like Sully says, he might not be the scariest monster out there but he sure as heck is one of the most fearless and ambitious ones ever. Funny man Billy Crystal is the voice behind the one-eyed creature who has done a real good job of teaching us a lesson or two about character strengths in both Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University.
Patton Oswalt – Remy from Ratatouille 3 of 9I actually get very emotional each time I watch Ratatouille just because I first watched the movie while I was pregnant with my first child in 2007 and it brings back such good memories. That, and of course because it's one of the best Pixar animations of all time.
Larry the Cable Guy – Tow Mater from Cars 4 of 9Fun fact: I used to listen to Larry the Cable Guy's radio talk show on 104.1 in Central Florida way before he was Larry the Cable Guy, National Treasure. And now, he's better known to the world as Mater, National Treasure from the Cars movies.
Barry Humphries – Bruce the Shark from Finding Nemo 5 of 9
If I end up in the middle of the big blue ocean one day, I really do hope that any of the sharks that I might potentially encounter ends up being just like Bruce. I mean, we've all got our quirky addictions, right? Australian actor Bruce Humphries is actually the voice behind our favorite great white shark.
Ben Burtt – WALL-E 6 of 9
I bet you didn't know this, but sound producer Ben Burtt produced the voice of WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class), the title character. WALL-E, a robot who has developed sentience, is the only robot of his kind shown to be still functioning on Earth. One of my favorite robot films of all time.
Holly Hunter – Mom/Elastigirl from The Incredibles 7 of 9
As mothers, I'm sure that we sometimes like to pretend that we have the same superpowers that Holly Hunter's Elastigirl character had in the hit 2004 film, The Incredibles. Oh wait - we do have those super powers.
Edward Asner – Carl Fredrickson/Grandfather from UP 8 of 9
He might be one of the grumpiest characters on film, but he's also one that totally stole our heart in the Pixar tearjerker Up. Voiced by actor Edward Asner, Carl Fredrickson might be that grandfather with the bad attitude who watches television in his slippers all day, but he's also the same person we've grown to love, despite the 'tude. Have you ever watched the entire film without shedding at least one salty tear? Yep, I didn't think so!
Tom Hanks – Woody from Toy Story 9 of 9
If you grew up in the '90s, I'm sure that it's already embedded in your memory chips that Tom Hanks is the voice of our beloved Woody from the Toy Story movies. In fact, Tom Hanks IS Woody. Can you name a movie that he's starred in after making the Toy Story films? Yeah, I didn't think so. And I'm pretty sure that we've all thought about inscribing W-O-O-D-Y underneath one of our shoes at one point or another in the past decade, too. * Wink *
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