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Lotso fun was had at Pixar's Cartoon Art Museum fundraiser

Lotso fun was had at Pixar's Cartoon Art Museum fundraiser

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So what was it like to attend this year's Cartoon Art Museum fundraiser at Pixar Animation Studios? Well, for starters, given that work is already underway on that 155,000 square foot building that's being added to the Emeryville campus, event attendees had to find another way enter this 21-acre complex ...


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... because Pixar's picturesque main entrance was temporarily closed.


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But once you got past that little hiccup, it was pretty much business as usual at Pixar's annual fundraiser for the Cartoon Art Museum. Upon arrival on campus, event attendees checked in.


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And then, after that, once one was actually inside of Pixar Animation Studios  ... Well, it was kind of hard to decide where to start.


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Should you get on line for Pixar's Studio Store ...


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... where you could then purchase exclusive Pixar merchandise at a discounted price?


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Or would it be smarter to first go check out the Silent Auction ...


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... and see if there are any pieces here (which had been created by Pixar staffers just for this CAM fundraiser) that you just can't live without?


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Or maybe it would be smarter to grab a bite at the buffet ...


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... or - better yet - a snack at Café Luxo?


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Everywhere you looked, there were all these amazing things on display. Take - for example - all of the Academy Awards that Pixar Animations Studios has won to date.


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Or human-sized Lego versions of Sheriff Woody & Buzz Lightyear of Star Command


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You could check out tiny photographs of every Pixar employee who works in Emeryville ...


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... or supersized versions of the concept art that had been created for "Toy Story 3."


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Which really allowed you to admire & appreciate all of the detail that Pixar's artists put into these concept paintings.


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And then there were the mystery signs. Which made you think "What is a Toy Story 3 Science Fair? And how do I get myself and/or my child invited to that event?"


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But then you think: "Stop wasting your time reading signs." After all, there are character drawing classes to attend  ...


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... and genuine Pixar artists & technicians on hand ...


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... who'd be more than happy to personalize your copy pf "The Art of Toy Story 3 ."


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Speaking of "Toy Story 3," Lee Unkrich introduced a screening of this summer blockbuster at Pixar's state-of-the-art theater.


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And - if you timed things just right - you could even catch Lee out in the lobby. Where "TS3" 's director  might even  sign your sketchbook.


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Which is why - as this year's Cartoon Art Museum fundraiser drew to a close ... You know, you kind of felt like Woody & Buzz at the end of "Toy Story 3," when Andy was heading off to college. You were kind of blue because you just didn't want the fun to stop.


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Well, I guess there's always next year. Thanks, Luigi. We had a ball


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Special thanks to the Cartoon Art Museum for inviting JHM to cover this event, to Pixar Animation Studios for allowing representatives of this website to come on the Emeryville campus & then take pictures at this annual fundraisers and (finally) to Gina & Rod Mongenel for all the great pictures they took at this year's CAM fundraiser.


Photo by Rod Mongenel

And speaking of CAM ... If you'd like to learn more about the Cartoon Art Museum and all the swell events that are regularly held at this San Francisco-based institution (including this Thursday night's "Day and Night" discussion & signing with Pixar's own Teddy Newton), please click on this link.

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