Have you heard of Pixar in a Box? I’ll have to admit, I was completely clueless about this program prior to the demonstration we were provided during my recent Cars 3 press event at Pixar Studios. I was literally blown away by everything I learned about this and immediately signed up as it will be such a critical element for summer learning and additional learning resources all year long. I can honestly say that every single parent needs to be aware of this and take advantage of this FREE learning tool for kids.
What is Pixar in a Box?
Pixar in a Box is a Disney sponsored collaboration with Khan Academy. It gives kids (and adults) a very innovative behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs.. It builds on most of the standard subjects taught in school – such as math, science, computer science, and humanities — and shows kids how these are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. Things like animating bouncing balls, building a swarm of robots, and making virtual fireworks explode are all part of the learning tools available via Pixar in a Box. It’s truly an important learning tool that supports educators and parents by incorporating content that helps students put their learning into real life application.
Each of the topics in Pixar in a Box is focused around a creative challenge they face at Pixar. For example, in the Character Modeling module, the challenge is how do you create the shapes of all of the characters in the movies which is essentially a geometry lessons. In the environmental modeling module, kids learn about the parabolic arcs that go into creating those beautiful forests in Brave. Each of the topics is hosted by one or more Pixar employees, so it truly does provide them a real world experience of the challenges and processes that go into making the films they know and love.
As Disney & Pixar prepare for the national release of Cars 3, we learned about some of the challenges brought about with creating the film. Of course, it took quite a bit of skill in creating the shapes of the cars in the film to reflect the personalities of Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz for example. Additionally, there were challenges of creating such lifelike images of the cars racing, crash scenes, color shading, etc. You’ll see more of what I mean when you check out Cars 3 for yourself in theaters June 16th!
Check out the official trailer below: