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26 Incredible Sights From Inside Pixar Studios

To infinity and beyond!

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In the middle of Emeryville, a small industrial town in Alameda County, California, you will find Pixar Animation Studios.
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In the middle of Emeryville, a small industrial town in Alameda County, California, you will find Pixar Animation Studios.

Once you go inside you will see a lot of incredible things, like:

1. This gorgeous tree-lined walk.

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2. You know Luxo Jr., the light from Pixar's logo?

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There's a gigantic sculpture of him in front of the main building.

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He lights up at night, too.

Of course he does.
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Of course he does.

3. The Steve Jobs Building.

Steve Jobs didn't just bring Apple to greatness, he was also instrumental in making Pixar what it is today. He purchased the company from George Lucas in 1986 and gave it its name.
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Steve Jobs didn't just bring Apple to greatness, he was also instrumental in making Pixar what it is today. He purchased the company from George Lucas in 1986 and gave it its name.

4. Monsters in the house.

As soon as you walk inside, Sulley and Mike Wazowski (in their Monsters University garb) are there to greet you.
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As soon as you walk inside, Sulley and Mike Wazowski (in their Monsters University garb) are there to greet you.

5. Woody and Buzz hang out there too.

These WAY bigger than life-size statues of Woody and Buzz are made entirely of Lego bricks.
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These WAY bigger than life-size statues of Woody and Buzz are made entirely of Lego bricks.

6. They have rats.

Not real rats (this place is CLEAN) but cute odes to the rats in Ratatouille.
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Not real rats (this place is CLEAN) but cute odes to the rats in Ratatouille.

7. They've won a few things...

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Like these guys.

On display are Pixar's seven Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature: Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, and Brave.
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On display are Pixar's seven Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature: Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, and Brave.

8. The awards case also holds this beat-up Woody doll, which has a special story.

Woody is accompanied by a letter addressed to Pixar's chief creative officer, John Lasseter, from a Walt Disney World cast member. It reads: "...we had a young child about 6-year-old by the name of Caleb come into City Hall at Magic Kingdom Park. He brought us his well played with Woody doll. You see, his parents bought him a new one and he wanted his first one to have a great new home and to spend infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear. We felt it was appropriate to share him with you..." And now he has a VERY nice home indeed.
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Woody is accompanied by a letter addressed to Pixar's chief creative officer, John Lasseter, from a Walt Disney World cast member. It reads:

"...we had a young child about 6-year-old by the name of Caleb come into City Hall at Magic Kingdom Park. He brought us his well played with Woody doll. You see, his parents bought him a new one and he wanted his first one to have a great new home and to spend infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear. We felt it was appropriate to share him with you..."

And now he has a VERY nice home indeed.

9. Cars!

Of course there would be cars. Huge, gigantic, and expressive cars.
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Of course there would be cars. Huge, gigantic, and expressive cars.

10. This gorgeous artwork from their upcoming film, Inside Out.

Pixar promotes their latest film — which will be released June 19th — with HUGE pieces of artwork that are displayed throughout the main building.
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Pixar promotes their latest film — which will be released June 19th — with HUGE pieces of artwork that are displayed throughout the main building.

11. Their kitchen's tribute to the most important meal of the day.

At Pixar, they take breakfast seriously with a huge cereal bar.
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At Pixar, they take breakfast seriously with a huge cereal bar.

12. Pixar is big on lunch too.

The on-site restaurant serves up four fresh options every day. On this particular day they offered mahimahi steamed in banana leaves, andouille and black-eyed pea soup, ginger carrots, and a grilled Alsatian-style hot dog served on a pretzel roll.
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The on-site restaurant serves up four fresh options every day. On this particular day they offered mahimahi steamed in banana leaves, andouille and black-eyed pea soup, ginger carrots, and a grilled Alsatian-style hot dog served on a pretzel roll.

13. There's a supercool store.

The Pixar Studio Store sells oodles of Pixar merchandise, everything from Inside Out onesies to Monsters University wineglasses.
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The Pixar Studio Store sells oodles of Pixar merchandise, everything from Inside Out onesies to Monsters University wineglasses.

14. The store also sells stuff that's only available at Pixar, like these iconic Luxo balls.

The Luxo ball (aka Pixar ball) is famously featured in the Toy Story franchise, but can also be seen in almost every Pixar movie, including Monsters, Inc., Up, and even Brave!
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The Luxo ball (aka Pixar ball) is famously featured in the Toy Story franchise, but can also be seen in almost every Pixar movie, including Monsters, Inc., Up, and even Brave!

15. Flyers advertise special events, like this Pixar vs. Lucasfilm (or Buzz vs. Trooper) trivia night.

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16. They even "Pixar up" the bathrooms. Here's the ladies' room...

Bo Peep in the house!
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Bo Peep in the house!

And here's the men's room...

They get Woody. We see what you did there, Pixar.
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They get Woody. We see what you did there, Pixar.

17. There's a Pixar basketball court...

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18. A swimming pool...

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19. And a soccer field.

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20. There's even all of this kale!

Not sure what they do with it, but they grow kale along with other greens.
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Not sure what they do with it, but they grow kale along with other greens.

21. The Brooklyn Building, where preproduction happens.

It's called Brooklyn because the studio happens to be located on Park Avenue, so they went with a New York theme. Another building is named Soho.
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It's called Brooklyn because the studio happens to be located on Park Avenue, so they went with a New York theme. Another building is named Soho.

22. In the Brooklyn lobby is this huge portrait of Merida from Brave.

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23. See this fireplace? it has a secret...

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A hidden room!

It's located behind the fireplace and is named the Jimmy Claxton Lounge after the first black athlete to play in an organized baseball league in the 20th century. He played for the Oakland Oaks, whose field was on the same plot of land where the Brooklyn Building now stands.
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It's located behind the fireplace and is named the Jimmy Claxton Lounge after the first black athlete to play in an organized baseball league in the 20th century. He played for the Oakland Oaks, whose field was on the same plot of land where the Brooklyn Building now stands.

24. This hidden room houses a collection of Oakland Oaks memorabilia.

Amazingly, some of it was found when they were excavating for the new building.
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Amazingly, some of it was found when they were excavating for the new building.

25. Aliens have invaded the Brooklyn Building.

You'll recognize these fellas from Toy Story, of course.
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You'll recognize these fellas from Toy Story, of course.

26. Lastly, look down!

Embedded in the floor are tiny little tributes to classic Pixar characters, like the Buzz Lightyear seen above.
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Embedded in the floor are tiny little tributes to classic Pixar characters, like the Buzz Lightyear seen above.

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