Inside Pixar

The BEST episodes of Inside Pixar

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

This documentary series of personal and cinematic stories that provide an inside look into the people, artistry, and culture of Pixar Animation Studios.

Last Updated: 5/15/2022Network: Disney+
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Inspired: Dan Scanlon, Where Ideas Come From
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#1 - Inspired: Dan Scanlon, Where Ideas Come From

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/13/2020

Inspiration can be hard to come by. Sometimes it takes years to find, while other times it's been right under your nose. Director Dan Scanlon takes us on a personal journey of inspiration that led to his film, Onward.

Inspired: Deanna Marsigliese, The Art of the Pivot
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#2 - Inspired: Deanna Marsigliese, The Art of the Pivot

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/13/2020

Inspiration isn't instant. Coming up with unique and creative characters takes time and effort. Character Designer Deanna Marsigliese takes us through the process of character creation and the artistic detours that often come with it.

Inspired: Kemp Powers, Writing Something Real
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#3 - Inspired: Kemp Powers, Writing Something Real

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/13/2020

Authenticity is essential to creating a film that is believable and relatable. Co-Director Kemp Powers discusses the real-life experiences that led him to propose a simple, yet pivotal scene in Soul.

Inspired: Jessica Heidt, Who Gets All the Lines?
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#4 - Inspired: Jessica Heidt, Who Gets All the Lines?

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/13/2020

Script Supervisor Jessica Heidt manages endless lines of dialogue. Through her script access, she detected a disparity in male to female roles, motivating her to create a program to improve gender balance throughout Pixar's films and the greater film industry.

Inspired: Steven Hunter, For That Kid
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#5 - Inspired: Steven Hunter, For That Kid

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/13/2020

Growing up in a small town in Canada, Steven Hunter never felt like he saw himself represented in cartoons and comic books. After getting the opportunity to direct a Pixar SparkShort, Steven was inspired by his own life to create 'Out,' a unique and vulnerable story he wished he saw in his youth.

Portraits: Cynthia Lusk, Director of International Production
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#6 - Portraits: Cynthia Lusk, Director of International Production

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/12/2021

Director of International Production Cynthia Lusk takes us into the fascinating world of localization. From translations to graphics to even changes in animation, Cynthia and her team work to make sure that Pixar’s films can connect and resonate to fans and families throughout the world.

Portraits: Marylou Jaso, Pastry Chef
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#7 - Portraits: Marylou Jaso, Pastry Chef

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/12/2021

Marylou Jaso has the sweetest job at Pixar – literally. As Pixar’s Pastry Chef, she spends each day creating the confections and sweet treats that delight, inspire, and help feed the studio’s creativity.

Portraits: Rachelle Federico, Production Assistant
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#8 - Portraits: Rachelle Federico, Production Assistant

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/12/2021

Rachelle Federico always dreamt of working at Pixar, even if it meant a complete career overhaul. As Production Assistant on Pixar’s Soul, her hard work might not always be that glamorous, but she considers it an important and essential need in the creation of an animated film. Plus, she’s loving every minute of it.

Portraits: Barney Jones, Music Editor
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#9 - Portraits: Barney Jones, Music Editor

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/12/2021

Barney Jones is a master of many musical instruments and styles. As a Music Editor, he uses these talents to help shape the storytelling and emotion of a Pixar film. During his free time, he uses these same talents to make Pixar just a little more magical and fun.

Portraits: Patty Bonfilio, Director of Facility Operations
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#10 - Portraits: Patty Bonfilio, Director of Facility Operations

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/12/2021

No two days are the same for Patty Bonfilio. From hosting major events to outfitting offices to simply keeping the studio running, Patty is at the center of it all. As Pixar’s Director of Facility Operations, she knows the inner workings of Pixar’s campus and culture like no one else. Join her on a VIP tour of the grounds and all of its hidden gems.

Foundations: Recipe for a Movie
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#11 - Foundations: Recipe for a Movie

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/26/2021

How exactly are animated films made using computer graphics? Pixar’s creative minds introduce and break down how a movie is made through understandable explanations using metaphors and examples.

Foundations: Creating Characters
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#12 - Foundations: Creating Characters

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/26/2021

From cars to fish to toys to superheroes, Pixar characters have unique personalities, designs, and traits. Join Pixar’s character artists and designers as they break down the process of developing a new character from the initial artwork and design, all the way to getting it ready for animation.

Foundations: Through the Lens
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#13 - Foundations: Through the Lens

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/26/2021

Camerawork is just as crucial in animation as it is in live action. Pixar’s layout artists explain the craft behind camera and staging, showcasing how camera positioning enhances emotion within a story.

Foundations: Animation and Acting
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#14 - Foundations: Animation and Acting

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/26/2021

Animation brings characters to life by making them move, feel, think, and talk. Pixar animators take us through the artistry of how they breathe life into characters authentically and explain the importance of acting (and eyebrows) in their craft.

Foundations: Color, Light, and Emotion
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#15 - Foundations: Color, Light, and Emotion

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/26/2021

Light and color are essential in conveying the time of day, creating unique worlds, and even evoking emotion. Pixar lighting directors and artists reveal how they illuminate a scene and most importantly, how they utilize light and color for everything from terrifying twists to signature Pixar tearjerkers.

Unpacked: About Time
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#16 - Unpacked: About Time

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/21/2021

How can the passage of time be utilized as a tool for emotional storytelling? Narrator W. Kamau Bell breaks down how time can becomes its own character in Pixar films, looking at period pieces such as Brave and the tearjerking passage of time in Up.

Unpacked: Everybody Loves a Villain
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#17 - Unpacked: Everybody Loves a Villain

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/21/2021

From Ernesto de La Cruz to Lotso to Hopper, foes of all shapes and sizes are essential to many of our favorite Pixar movies. But what makes a good villain? Narrator W. Kamau Bell digs into why we love to hate our favorite antagonists and what makes them so complicated.

Unpacked: The Squint Test
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#18 - Unpacked: The Squint Test

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/21/2021

Pixar characters strive to strike a balance between realistic and caricatured. Narrator W. Kamau Bell explains how basic shapes and drawings influence the character design and story of favorite films such as Up, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles.

Unpacked: Inner Drive
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#19 - Unpacked: Inner Drive

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/21/2021

Beyond the world of Cars, vehicles of all kinds have made their mark throughout Pixar’s films. Jump in and go for a ride with narrator W. Kamau Bell as he cruises through some of his favorite Pixar planes, trains, and Incredibiles.

Unpacked: No Small Roles
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#20 - Unpacked: No Small Roles

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/21/2021

Take a deep dive into the art of crowds animation. Each of your favorite Pixar characters live in worlds populated by fellow fish, cars, toys, and humans, but creating thousands of these fully animated background characters is no easy feat. Join narrator W. Kamau Bell in understanding how Pixar adds thousands of background characters into every film.