Pixnoys Rubio, Bohol, Ronnie, Paul, Gini, the five topnotch talented and Oscar-winning movie animators, story directors in PIXAR Movies
Float is the first-ever Disney/Pixar movie to feature Filipino lead characters. Bobby Alcid Rubio is the creator, producer, and director of this Pixar animated movie, Float.
“It’s based on my own personal story of my son. In the story, the father is dealing with a son that floats, which makes him different from other children.” Rubio told ABC News.
Rubio was part of Disney’s “SparkShorts,” an experimental storytelling initiative launched by the company that aims to give voices to Pixar Animation Studio’s new talents. Aside from Float, Bobby also produced a comic book called Neighborhood Legend that also featured Filipino superheroes.
Rubio’s Filmography at Pixar
- The Legend of Korra
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Avatar: Legend of Aang
- Tarzan 2
- Mater’s Tall Tales
- Voice of Dad, Float
- Voice of Dad, SparkShorts
- Peabody Nominee
- Himself at The Launchcast TV Series
- Other projects include The Incredibles, Inside Out, Monster’s University, Brave, Animated American, Home on the Range, Treasure Planet, Atlantis, The Emperor’s New Groove, Fantasia 2000, Mulan, Hercules, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas.
#FilipinoAmerican #filmmaker @Bobby_Rubio is writing and directing a new @DisneyPixar #SparkShort called FLOAT and it will feature the 1st two #CGI–#FilAm #lead #characters in #Pixar history! https://t.co/BAPrl911Sq. #RepresentationMatters pic.twitter.com/HRlcDaUnGg— FilAm Chamber of Commerce Hollywood 🇵🇭 🇺🇸 (@FACCHollywood) January 14, 2019
Nelson “Rey” Bohol born in Samar loved cartoons. Down to earth and bashful, he shuns limelight—but his works can’t help it. Nelson studied at the Manuel Quezon University major in Architecture. He joined Pixar in 2000.
Bohol is so into it that a little unknown trivia in Finding Nemo, was a “bahay kubo” in the aquarium scene that Nelson added. The movie Monster’s Inc. University Library was named “Bohol Hall,” after Nelson who designed it.
Nelson’s Filmography at Pixar
- Inside Out
- Monsters University
- Finding Nemo
Ronnie del Carmen
Ronnie del Carmen has plenty on his sleeves, but it was a first for the Filipino-American to be Oscar-nominated for two Oscars; best-animated feature and best original screenplay, for “Inside Out.” Thankfully, the adventure comedy cartoon won the Oscar for a feature film.
He was also the story supervisor of the critically-acclaimed “Up” and director of the short film, “Dug’s Special Mission.”
Ronnie was one of the story writers and co-directors for the 2015 Pixar film Inside Out. Del Carmen born in Cavite and got his big break as a painter on the set of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film Apocalypse Now. He’s an alumnus of UST, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising.
Ronnie’s Filmography at Pixar
- Finding Nemo: Story supervisor
- One Man Band: Production designer
- Ratatouille: Story artist
- Up: Story supervisor
- Dug’s Special Mission: Director
- Inside Out: Co-director
Currently, a Sets Art Director at Pixar Animation, Paul Abadilla has contributed to independent projects, such as Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short Films The Dam Keeper and Borrowed Time.
A natural talent, Paul’s credentials include awards in Society of Illustrators 62, SILA Illustration West 57, SILA Illustration West 58 (Bronze), and American Illustration 38.
Filipino-American Abadilla has given talks locally and internationally and was recently a featured speaker at South By Southwest (SXSW). He also has lead workshops at The Animation Collaborative, and his alma mater, San Jose State University
Paul’s Filmography at Pixar
- Incredibles 2
- Cars 3
- Finding Dory
- Monsters University
- The Blue Umbrella
- Toy Story of Terror!
- Sanjay’s Super Team
- Soul (2020)
University of Santo Tomas (UST) graduate Virginia “Gini” Cruz-Santos. She studied Fine Arts, major in Advertising, at UST before she became part of Pixar.
Gini’s Filmography at Pixar
- Toy Story 2: Animator
- Monsters, Inc.: Layout artist, animator, character developer
- Finding Nemo: Animator
- The Incredibles: Animator
- Cars: Animator
Pinoys also reign supreme in Disney Animations
Award-winning Filams and Filipinos reign in Disney Animations: Ruben Aquino, Armand Serrano, Mars Cabrera, Josie Trinidad, Bobby Pontillas, Anthony Ocampo, and Cesar Velazquez.
Float a Pixar movie distributed by Disney that was produced, created, and directed by Filipino Bobby Alcid Rubio. He is also the voice of the Dad in the movie and the son, was partly his son’s story.