Press Release

Toy Story at Twenty


CONTACT: Charles Schuler
Director of Communications
San Francisco International Airport


Toy Story at Twenty
New exhibition celebrates the twentieth anniversary of Pixar’s Toy Story, the first feature-length computer-animated film

SAN FRANCISCO -- In 1991, when a small computer company called Pixar signed a deal with the Walt Disney Studios to produce a film with the then-tentative title Toy Story, the idea of making feature films in computer animation would have seemed far-fetched to most people. CG was still better known for flying logos and special effects than full-length storytelling. On November 22, 1995, Toy Story opened in theaters as the weekend’s top-grossing film, quickly becoming the highest grossing film of the year, and ultimately receiving nominations for three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay. Though the team at Pixar had known they were creating something special, the overwhelmingly positive commercial and critical reaction was something even the most optimistic team members could not have predicted. Toy Story not only paved the way for Pixar’s future cinematic efforts, it inspired other filmmakers and animators to see the vast potential of a brand new medium – the computer-animated film.


Toy Story at Twenty celebrates the twentieth anniversary of this film with a presentation of artwork and artifacts from Pixar’s creative team, including maquettes, modeling sculptures, creative props, and images that illustrate the development of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang from this groundbreaking production.


All objects and images are copyrighted Disney/Pixar and Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios unless otherwise noted.


View the exhibition online.


Toy Story at Twenty is located in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport, from November 17, 2015, to May 22, 2016. The exhibition is located prior to security checkpoints and is accessible for all Airport visitors. There is no charge to view the exhibition.


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