One of the biggest challenges in finding a way to effectively get hands on experience with any type of special effects, computer animated films, or 3D mapping is the price barrier for efficient software. Budding developers and hobbyists are constantly looking for cost effective ways of getting more people involved with the development of CGI, and one company that is pretty famous for working with computers and pulling off some spectacular films has done something just as amazing.
RenderMan is a pretty unique program that takes a bit of experience to learn, and getting the product out there for everyone to enjoy is a pretty big turn for Pixar. Of course, the big win is that kids of all ages can get some exposure to a software package from Pixar, which is pretty inspiring stuff. Whether or not the move creates a number of interesting animated sequences that will be popping up on social media remains to be seen, but it seems like a pretty safe bet.