‘Inside Out’ filmmakers fly in for Aug. 7 gala preem
The creative geniuses behind Disney-Pixar’s latest acclaimed blockbuster Inside Out—director Pete Docter and co-director Ronnie del Carmen—are currently in Southeast Asia as part of a three-city tour just before the movie opens in the region.
The tour, which started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 2 will head to Jakarta, Indonesia and end in Manila, Philippines. Both filmmakers are scheduled to meet with numerous Disney-Pixar fans and the local creative communities at various on-ground events.
In the Philippines, Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen will attend the by-invite-only red carpet premiere on August 7 at the IMAX SM Aura in Taguig City. On August 10, del Carmen will give an inspirational lecture before local animators and animation students in an event organized by the Animation Council of the Philippines, also at IMAX SM Aura.
Interestingly, the Philippine tour will also serve as a homecoming for del Carmen who was born and raised in Cavite, migrating to the US several years after graduating from the University of Santo Tomas.
“It is with utmost joy and pride that we welcome Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen to Southeast Asia in this historic tour. We want to bring Disney-Pixar fans closer to our movies with such events and allow them to experience such one-in-a-lifetime chance to meet with notable creative minds in the animation and entertainment industry,” said Amit Malhotra, general manager, Studio Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, Southeast Asia.
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.
The film opened in the US on June 19 with a monumental $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 $325-million and still counting.
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.
Besides co-directing Inside Out, 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.