Menu
Credit: Fullon Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan

‘Toy Story’, ‘Soul’, and ‘Monsters, Inc.’ characters pop up on a beach in the Pacific

Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mike Wazowski, Sulley, Lightning McQueen, Nemo and other Pixar characters have been spotted hanging out on the beaches near New Taipei, Taiwan, and soon, they’ll be in good company with other beachgoers who revel in the sun, the sand, and the sand sculptures.

Credit: Google Maps

That’s because the beach is gearing up for the 2021 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival, which was set to open in July of this year. But thanks to a typhoon that didn’t clear its plans with beachgoers first and subsequently damaged some of the sculptures, the festival had to be postponed.

In all, there are 18 sand sculptures featuring 40 characters from 13 different Pixar films. It’s the first “Revisiting Pixar Classics” sand sculpture event in all of Asia.

Credit: Fullon Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan

Sculptors have already worked more than a month and a half on these fabulous creations. One of them, Zhou Shengqiang, who has been a sand artist in the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Exhibition for years now, says that there a few things he had to do before he could recreate the Pixar characters on the beach.

Credit: Fullon Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan

“After confirming the theme, I watched each animated [Pixar] film at least twice, because the creation of the character is not only about the representation of the image, but also what happens and the emotional response conveyed by the character at the moment,” Shengqiang explained.

Credit: TripAdvisor

Fullon Hotel, the organizer of the event, said that as of yesterday, the 10 sand sculptors who are working on the impressive sand designs were about 70% finished with their creations, which feature several characters from Pixar films, such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars and Soul.

Credit: Fullon Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan

The festival will run, rain or shine, wind or calm, from 8:00 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from September 17 through October 31.

Credit: Fullon Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan

Wow. Rain or shine? Wind or calm? Yes. That’s because the festival will have sculptors on hand to maintain and repair each sculpture, should the elements damage any parts of them.

Credit: Fullon Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan

Each sculpture is meticulously created with finite details–even down to each tooth in the worrisome smile of Bruce from Pixar’s Finding Nemo.

Credit: Fullon Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan

The Pixar logo sand sculpture keeps the eyes moving. There’s so much to see from Luxo at the top of the sculpture to the intricate details in the animated filmstrip at the bottom. Do you see the references to CoCo, Inside Out and Ratatouille?

Credit: Fullon Hotel, Taipei City, Taiwan

For more information about this impressive festival, click here.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!