Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, director and co-director, respectively of Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” received an emotional, warm Manila welcome when they met the local press and graced the film’s Philippine gala premiere Friday, Aug. 7.
The highly regarded duo flew into town as part of their Southeast Asian tri-city tour with Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia as their first stops. Both filmmakers met with numerous Disney-Pixar fans and the local creative communities at various on-ground events.
Speaking before the media, Del Carmen who was born and raised in Cavite shared he was ecstatic to return to his native homeland. “I left the Philippines when I was 30 years old and this visit is special because not only am I coming back, I have made something people are gonna see.”
The gala premiere was attended by prominent figures in the movie exhibition industry, animation fans and popular celebrities, led by the much sought-after model family, Team Kramer.
“We are excited to see ‘Inside Out’ because as we all know Disney Pixar films always have something to teach, not only to kids, but also to the grown-ups,” said famous athlete and family man, Doug Kramer.
Earlier in the day, Docter and Del Carmen interacted with the journalists and pop culture bloggers and shared with them the challenges in making “Inside Out” which basically set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl.
Del Carmen also told the guests that there is a group of Filipinos called “Pixnoys” working in Pixar, who are characterized as being “noisy” but “very creative.”
On Monday, Aug. 10, Del Carmen will present “The Making of Inside Out: A Behind-the-Scenes Look with Co-Director Ronnie del Carmen” at the SM Aura. The talk is expected to be attended by aspiring and professional artists and animators and is co-organized by the Animation Council of the Philippines.
One of the best reviewed movies to date, “Inside Out” is a comedy adventure featuring a team of Emotions who help guide an 11-year-old girl named Riley through an unsettling change in her life.
“Inside Out” opened in the U.S. June 19 with a monumental USD $92-million haul, the biggest debut ever for an original film. On its third week of release, “Inside Out” catapulted to the number one spot of the US domestic box-office. Its cumulative gross now stands at USD $325-million and still counting.
Pete Docter has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best animated feature winner “Up” and nominee “Monsters, Inc.,” and best original screenplay for “Up” and “WALL•E.”
Aside from co-directing “Inside Out,” Ronnie del Carmen has also been a member of the story team on a number of the Pixar’s films, including the Academy Award-winning features “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille” and “Up” (for which he served as story supervisor).
Opening across the Philippines on August 19, “Inside Out” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.