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The Math Behind Pixar's Classic Movies - TED Ed Video

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I am not the biggest fan of math. It's a subject I was never good at. It looks like I never would have made it at Pixar animation, because there is a great deal of math involved. A TED Ed video explains how math is used in the art of developing their classic movies. Even though I'm not into math, I still found all of the stuff they talked about in this video interesting. 

The folks at Pixar are widely known as some of the world's best storytellers and animators. They are perhaps less recognized as some of the most innovative math whizzes around. Pixar Research Lead Tony DeRose delves into the math behind the animations, explaining how arithmetic, trigonometry and geometry help bring Woody and the rest of your favorite characters to life.

Thanks to Cartoon Brew, I've also included a rare demo of Pixar’s proprietary animation system, Presto. It gives animators "a deep level of control within a real-time, interactive environment." It's amazing to see how far technology has gone, and to think about where it is going. 

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