MANILA, Philippines – When Ronnie del Carmen left the Philippines in 1989 at the age of 29 for a big move to the US, he never expected that he would one day join animation giant Pixar and work on some of their biggest movies. That includes Ratatouille, Up, and their most recent hit, Inside Out, enjoying incredible box office and critical success. (READ: Meet Ronnie del Carmen, Pinoy co-director of Pixar hit ‘Inside Out’)
The film is about the core emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear, and their journey as they look after their human, 11-year-old Riley. With Riley generally a happy child, Joy is firmly in control – but when Riley’s family makes a big move to San Francisco, things go awry for all her emotions. (WATCH: ‘Inside Out’ directors Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen on mind-blowing Pixar fan theory)
On a recent press visit to the Pixar studios in Emeryville, California, I spoke with Ronnie about his growing up years in the Philippines, moving to the US, and how he, with director Pete Docter, crafted the story for Inside Out. And as part of a treat for Pinoy fans waiting to see the movie this August 19, Ronnie drew a Joy-ful surprise for Pinoy fans.
Watch above to see Ronnie’s drawing and listen to him talking about the film.
Ronnie is also set to visit the Philippines for a special premiere event, with Pete Docter. He’s currently on an Asian tour to promote the film.
Here’s a video of Ronnie and Pete drawing Sadness and Joy at the Philippine premiere on Friday, August 7.