Pixar’s adorable family of characters have always been way larger than life, which is why a new light installation celebrating 30 years of Pixar presents everyone’s Pixar faves exactly how they’re meant to be seen: LARGE!
Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep, Mike, Sully, Nemo, The Incredibles and pretty much every other Pixar character you can think of will find themselves projected onto the roof of the 100-metre-long Argyle Cut (pretty much a small tunnel, but one transformed into a bright and bubbly Pixar wonderland) at the Rocks in Sydney as part of this year’s Vivid festival.
Called ‘Pixar: 30 Years of Art & Animation’, the spellbinding projection runs from 24 May to 15 June and takes you through the rich history of the beloved animation studio, looking at the craftsmanship that goes into all of their classic movies. You’ll be able to check out exactly how Pixar films come to life through a series of pencil drawings, acrylic paintings, character sketches, water colours, digital paintings and final film frames – some of which will give you a sneak-peak at the highly anticipated Toy Story 4, which is just around the corner!
Public Service Announcement: if you’re looking for a perfect selfie opp while visiting, in addition to the cool projection visuals there’ll be a bright bunch of Toy Story 4 character posters on each of the installation’s projection pillars, ready and waiting for your happy snaps.
Toy Story 4 comes – can you believe it? – nine years after the last film in the series, which managed to both tickle the funnybone and pull on the heartstrings BIG TIME (classic Pixar, right?). Last time we saw Sheriff Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang in Toy Story 3 they had a new owner in the form of pre-schooler Bonnie, who had inherited the seriously awesome stash of toys from original owner Andy.
So they all lived happily ever after with Bonnie, right? We’re guessing “nope”.
A new adventure kicks off when Bonnie brings home Forky, a spork with a face stuck on it that does not want to be a toy (maybe it’s just us, but surely being a toy is a better option than being put inside people’s mouths and then chucked in the bin?!)
Without revealing too many deets, Forky sets off a chain reaction of events that results in Woody winding up in a small-town antique shop where he finds – gasp! – old flame Bo Peep (who, by the look of the film’s poster, seems to have transformed into a more kick-butt version of her old self). As amazing as it’s going to be seeing all our old buds on the big screen again, there’s a bunch of brand new characters to get psyched about, too: there’s conjoined carnival toys Ducky and Bunny (voiced by comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), a creepy 1950s pullstring doll with a broken voicebox called Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) and, most excellently, Keanu Reeves voicing Duke Caboom, a Canadian daredevil on a sweet 1970s motorcycle. Whoa!
Can June come soon enough? And will we be judged for ugly crying in the cinema as we always do at Pixar movie? We’ll be hiding up in the back row, just in case…
Toy Story 4 is in Australian cinemas 20 June and New Zealand cinemas 27 June.
For information on where and when to see Pixar: 30 Years of Art & Animation, visit https://www.vividsydney.com/event/light/pixar-30-years-art-animation