Group of student film enthusiasts spearhead new Pixar movie club

“I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.” “He touched the butt.” Some of these quotes inspired founder and president of the soon-to-be student organization on-campus—Geneseo Pixar Club. 

The new club, formed by mathematics and musical theater double major freshman Rocky Nardone, started as a way for friends to meet and, when life got them down, they would just keep swimming. 

The group of around 15 students convenes in Onondaga Hall on Friday nights, with Nardone leading the efforts. Many members of the club claim they wouldn’t miss it for the world. So far, the club has had screenings of Wall-E, A Bug’s Life, the Toy Story trilogy and Monsters Inc.

In an environment not dissimilar to that presented in Monsters University, the club formed from the inside out beginning as a small group with new members joining faster than fast and quicker than quick. 

“I have always been a fan of Pixar [and] it has helped me through a lot of things,” Nardone said. “I had a feeling that the benefits that are in Pixar movies could be beneficial to the entire student body.”

Nardone proves that it’s truly possible to find a friend in Pixar.

History major freshman Dan Chichester is excited to see this club’s development from a small group into a formal organization. 

“I think it’s awesome that [Rocky] took something that he is super passionate about and wanted to meet other people who were also super passionate about Pixar movies and share that with the community,” Chichester said.  

Starting a new club at Geneseo is a brave step, and with no magical shortcuts to solving their problems, Nardone is currently in the early stages of registering Pixar Club as an official student organization on-campus. 

The next step will be exploring the wilderness by finding interested students, such as violin performance major sophomore Bridgette Sroka, whose favorite Pixar movie is Up or Wall-E

“I think it’s a good idea because a lot of people like Pixar movies and they want to talk about how there are Easter Eggs in movies and how they rate them or like their movies,” Sroka said. “I’d be really interested in getting involved.”

Nardone encourages everyone to attend the next club meeting on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Onondaga Hall basement and join him and others as they take the club to infinity and beyond.