(Editor’s note: The following piece was written in part by 8-year-old twins Mimi and Cici, who also are the OL cub reporters who hosted the following review of the musuem’s newest exhibit. See related story here.)

Earlier this month, Oakland Local sent my daughters – Mimi & Cici – to cover the opening of “Pixar: 25 Years in Animation” at the Oakland Museum of California. Here’s what they had to say about their experience.

Cici: Pixar’s company started in Emeryville and stayed, but the art exhibit started in New York City, then went to Japan and then Oakland.

The first movie by Pixar was Tin Toy then the second, but longest was Toy Story. Then came Toy Story 2 and 3. The editor of Toy Story is even in the museum exhibit.

Mimi: At the Oakland Museum of California, we got to see the Pixar exhibit and we were the first people in line. The exhibit was extraordinary and fun. We got to go into a special room called a Zoetrope and that was fantastic to me.

In the museum, I saw books, toys and pictures. One of the books I saw was for the movie Day and Night. One of the toys I saw was Jessie the (Yodeling) Cowgirl. And one of the pictures I saw was Buzz Lightyear.

Cici: (It was) 1985 … that’s when the goods started – when Pixar came out. Pixar has been here for 25 years right beside us and we’ll never, ever forget them.


“Pixar: 25 Years of Animation” is at the Oakland Museum of California until Jan. 9, 2011. Learn more here.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

On the second Friday of the month, the museum is open later – until 9 p.m. The first Sunday of every month, the museum offers free admission and has special family activities.

Oakland Public Schools and many other organizations can bring their students to the museum for a discount or for free. For more information, call the Education department three to four weeks in advance. Lear more here.

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