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Pixar in a Box is an online curriculum created in collaboration between Pixar and Khan Academy. It was launched on August 27, 2015.

The course is meant to teach students about how various math and science concepts they learn in school are applied to making films and the various challenges that Pixar animators face. It does that in the form of a series of learning tutorials, which include videos, activities and quizzes. The videos are narrated by Pixar staff. For each video and quiz, students earn a certain amount energy points depending on how much of the video they watch or how well they do on the quiz.


The course started out with eight topics and a ninth was added in 2016.

  • Effects
  • Patterns
  • Rigging
  • Animation
  • Environment modeling
  • Character modeling
  • Crowds
  • Sets & Staging
  • Virtual Cameras

Each topic is further divided into two lessons, one of which is easier and only requires elementary math concepts, while the other is harder and more technical.

Future Topics

It is expected that six new topics will be launched each year for a few years. Some future topics include Optics and Simulation & color.


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