Pixar Animation Studio Tour with an Inside Out & Lava Preview #PixarInsideOutEvent

My Visit to Pixar Animation Studios was amazing, it certainly was something to cross off my bucket list.  I was there as part of the media event for Pixar’s upcoming short LAVA and full length movie INSIDE OUT.

Lava and Inside Out Poster

Pixar Animation Studios - Front Gate

Pixar Visitor Name Badge

Once inside the gates we were allowed to take photos of the famous Pixar Luxo, Jr lamp.

Pixar Luxo, Jr Lamp - Dawn and Gayle

I saw this little guy on a building in the distance. “Mine, mine, mine”

Nemo - Seagull on Building at Pixar

We then entered the Steve Jobs Building and were allowed to more pictures and shop at the Pixar Studio Store.

The Steve Jobs Building - Pixar Animation Studios

Buzz Lightyear and Woody were hanging out in the lobby to greet us.

Pixar - Buzz and Woody Lego - Life sized

Fans of the movie CARS will recognize these too helpful fellows as Luigi and Guido.

Pixar - Cars - Luigi and Guido

I loved hanging out with Mike and Sully from Monsters University (I totally loved that movie).

Pixar - Mike and Sully -

The Pixar Studio Store was small but packed with lots of goodies.

Pixar Studio Store


Our group of bloggers had the chance to chat with LAVA Director James Ford Murphy and Producer Andrea Warren to learn more about how LAVA came to life. LAVA is inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, “LAVA” is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

Lava Theatre - Bloggers

James Ford shared that he has always been fascinated with Hawaii, Volcanoes and Elvis Presley.  It wasn’t until he got married and went to Hawaii on his Honeymoon that he really fell in love with Hawaiian Music. 15 years ago, he was watching the episode of “ER” that featured a very recognizable song that he knew from the “Wizard of Oz” but he’d never heard it done with a Hawaiian musical influence.  That musical arrangement of the famous song inspired him with an idea for a Short Film for Pixar.  He pitched his idea and John Lasseter agreed that his idea was great!  He was given the green light to move forward with his project.

As the project moved forward John wrote the song that appears in the film and we were given a treat when he picked up his Ukulele and played it for us.  The song is beautiful, full of emotion and it brought tears to my eyes.

LAVA - Uku Island

The short is one of the best I’ve seen in years, the emotion tied to this short is fantastic.  If I say anymore I fear I will ruin it for you, but trust me you will love it.


Pixar’s newest movie INSIDE OUT is sure to be a hit. I was delighted that our group sat down with Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera to chat about their new movie.

Inside Out Bloggers

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco.

Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).

The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters.

Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Inside Out Voices - #InsideOut

Our group was treated to few clips and they were fantastic, I am really excited to see this movie.

The film took 5 years to complete and was inspired in part by Director Pete Doctor’s daughter. She was the voice of young Ellie in Pixar’s UP when she was only nine years old and she was a very bubbly little girl. Then she turned 12 and things changed, she became quite.  Pete was intrigued by what was going on inside her head and that is how the film’s creative path started.  The idea for the film was to have emotions as the main characters of the film such as Anger, Fear, Sadness, Disgust and Joy.

The idea of being able to animate these emotions in a specific and unique was a concept that was interesting to John Lasseter. Pete Doctor’s felt that it was easier to animate the emotion of Anger but Joy was difficult.  He wanted Joy to have depth and complexity and sometimes that was hard to translate in the animation.  During the movie Joy starts to understand that there’s more to life than being happy.

See the NEW “Inside Out” Trailer Here!!

Like INSIDE OUT on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and on Instagram.

INSIDE OUT opens in everywhere on June 19th with LAVA playing in front of it.

Lava - Bloggers

Bloggers with Marshall Weinbaum at Pixar Studios and Lava painting.

Pixar Lamp - Day & Night

Disney invited me to San Francisco on behalf of  5 Minutes for Mom to attend a media event for Strange Magic. All expenses have been paid by Disney, but all opinions are always 100% my own.


About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.


  1. Inside Out looks fantastic, the cast is awesome – and I really enjoyed seeing this peek into Pixar Animation Studios! Thank you so much for sharing this incredible experience. 🙂

  2. I LOVED this movie! What an amazing peek into the studio! Thank you for sharing!

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