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What to know what’s “Up” at Pixar? Then buy a ticket to next month’s Cartoon Art Museum benefit

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So what are the odds that – all on your own – you’ll ever get to see the inside of Pixar Animation Studios?

To be honest, they’re not good. At an “Up” preview screening that was held in Hartford, CT. back in May of this year, Donald Evans (i.e. the Senior Vice President of Animation Marketing for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios) remarked that – for the 15 intern positions that open up annually at this Emeryville, CA.-based operation – Pixar receives several thousand applications.

Mind you, over the next 20 years, this animation studio does plan on increasing its head count from 900 to 2000 employees. So I guess if you’re really patient (and also happen to be the best of the best of the best when it comes to CG) … Well, that’s one way that you might make past the guard shack at 1200 Park Avenue.

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What’s that you say? You don’t want to wait / work hard in order to gain access to Pixar? You just want to be able to waltz through the front door, no questions asked?

Well, there is a way. But you’re going to have to cough up some cash if you want to get past that guy in the guard shack.

No, you’re not going to bribe the security guard. You’re going to buy a ticket to Pixar’s 6th annual Cartoon Art Museum benefit.

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For those of who don’t know, the Cartoon Art Museum (which is located at 655 Mission Street in San Francisco)  is the only museum in the western United States that is dedicated to all forms of cartoons and comics.

And since the guys at Pixar are such big fans & supporters of the Cartoon Art Museum, every year they hold a fundraiser for this facility. During which – for just a few brief hours – they allow members of the public to enter their Emeryville campus and then explore certain areas at their animation studio.

This year, this benefit is being held on Saturday, November 14th. And depending on how much you’re willing to spend, there are two different ways you can experience this annual fundraiser.

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The Family Fun Track is … Well, just what it sounds like. It’s designed to give families an understanding of how films get made at Pixar. From 1 – 4 p.m., parents & their kids will be able to tour the studio’s second floor gallery space. Which is currently loaded with lots of pre-production art for “Up.”

Folks on the Family Fun Track will also get to see a display of rarely-seen “Toy Story” –related artwork & sculpture that Pixar’s archives just unearthed. And artists from the studio will be on hand to help teach children how to draw their favorite Pixar characters.

As for Mom & Dad … Well, if they’d like, they can participate in a silent auction. Where everyone attending this Cartoon Art Museum benefit can then have the chance to bid on original works that were created by Pixar’s artists & animators.

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And speaking of animation … A selection of the Studio’s short films (including “One Man Band,” “Lifted,” “Presto” and “Burn-E”) will be shown continuously in Pixar’s state-of-the-art screening room.

If you’re interested in the Family Fun Track at this year’s Cartoon Art Museum benefit , tickets are $35 for an individual or $100 for a Family Four Pack. Which covers entry for 2 adults and 2 kids under 18 and/or 1 adult and 3 kids.

The only problem with the Family Fun Track is … Well, folks with tickets to that tier of this fundraising event aren’t allowed to enter Pixar Animation Studios ‘til 1 p.m. If – on the other hand – you’d like a little more time to explore the Emeryville campus and maybe have a bit more upscale experience … Then you may want to spring for the VIP Screening Tier.

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“And what is the VIP Screening Tier?,” you ask. Well, you get everything that people who’ve paid for the Family Fun Track get. But then … You also get access to Pixar’s Studio Store. Where you can then purchase all sorts of exclusive items at employee prices.

And did I mention that you’re also allowed into Pixar’s digital theater? Where you’ll then get to see a special 3D screening of “Toy Story 2” and the rarely seen Cars Toon, “Tokyo Mater.” Better yet, this screening will be hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson (who works at Pixar Animation Studios as well as being a member of the Cartoon Art Museum’s board of directors). Who will then be happy to answer any of your questions about these two films.

And let’s not forget about those free lunchtime snacks. Or the fact that those who on the VIP Screening Track get to enter Pixar Animations Studios a full two hours ahead (i.e. 11 a.m.) of folks who bought tickets for the Family Fun Tier.

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Of course, this sort of additional access does come with a far heftier price tag. A single ticket for the VIP Screening Tier will run you $149 (Though it’s worth noting here that Cartoon Art Museum members can purchase their tickets for this track at the reduced rate of $99). And if you’d like to treat 9 of your friends to an afternoon of behind-the-scenes fun at Pixar Animation Studios, reserved rows of 10 can be purchased for $1,500.

A word of warning, though. Tickets for Pixar’s annual Cartoon Art Museum benefit will NOT be sold at the door. They can ONLY be purchased in advance. And given that this annual fundraiser tends to be very popular and there are only a limited number of tickets … If you really have your heart set on visiting the Emeryville campus this year, NOW would be a very good time to go and purchase those tickets.

For further information on this benefit and/or the Cartoon Art Museum itself, please call 415-227-8666, ext. 300 or click on this link.

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