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Khan Academy Launches Pixar in a Box – A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Animation Process


I am super excited to announce that Khan Academy is launching Pixar in a Box. This is a free online curriculum that shows how Pixar filmmakers use science, technology, engineering, art and math to create movie magic. It is great for homeschooled kids and kids who want to learn more. Getting a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process is a dream of mine. I love watching the art of how a movie was made. It is fascinating! Plus, my son loves science and Pixar so I cannot wait to introduce him to Pixar in a Box.


Through a series of video lessons, interactive exercises, and hands-on activities, students will discover how the academic concepts they learn in school enable Pixar filmmakers to create new worlds, animate unique characters and tell stories through animation. Although designed especially for students in middle and high school, these resources are available to learners of all ages, completely free of charge.

Starting today, students can access Pixar in a Box and learn:

· How combinatorics are used to create crowds, like the swarm of robots in WALLE.

· How parabolas are used to model environments, like the forest in Brave.

· How weighted averages are used to create characters, like Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

· How linear and cubic interpolation are used to animate characters.

· How trigonometry is used to create the worlds in which Pixar stories take place.

· How simultaneous equations are used to paint all of Pixar’s images.

“These lessons are the first phase of the project,” said Cruise. “While the first year focuses on math, future Pixar in a Box lessons will explore science, computer science, arts, and humanities.”

All Pixar in a Box resources are available free of charge at The site will be updated as additional lessons become available.

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