My Pixar Visitor ID sticker, affixed to Buzz Lightyear LEGO box
Yesterday night I returned home from one of the most memorable trips of my life. Visiting Pixar was an incredible, unique experience that I'm going to remember for a long time. A lot of it was actually way cooler that I expected it to be, if you can believe that!
Over two days, I toured Pixar and another famous studio (you'll have to wait to find out which one), enjoyed Toy Story 3 and radical short film Day & Night, met many well-known Pixarians, and got loads of cool Pixar stuff.
There's just so much to share, that it would be impossible to do it in a single post. That's why I've decided to put together a special multi-part series of posts called Visiting Pixar.
The first installment, Stories & People, will be published
This will be followed by Inside the Studio (Apr. 14), Studio Grounds (Apr. 21), and Under Construction (Apr. 23), each featuring some of the over 450 photographs I took in and around the studio, with lots of anecdotes.
A fourth post in the series is set for Apr. 28. Be sure to stay tuned.
Update: Moments ago, I received word from Pixar that Disney has placed an embargo on photographs taken during the trip, except those of the Pixar gate and atrium. The photos may not be published until June 18, opening day for Toy Story 3. Other bloggers who already posted their pictures have been asked to take them down.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the Pixar publicity team, especially go-to guy Chris Wiggum, for inviting me and helping to set all this up. In fact, every person I met at the studio was extraordinarily welcoming and friendly. Thanks everybody!
That means that the Stories & People report in the Visiting Pixar series will have to wait until June, as it includes most of the embargoed photos. Inside the Studio, Studio Grounds, and Under Construction will be published as originally planned.
My apologies to everyone who was excited to see all the pictures and read my complete account of the trip. I'm really sorry. Not happy about this at all.
(Updated Apr. 5)