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Float, was written and directed by Bobby Rubio, a Filipino-American animator who has worked as a story artist and storyboard artist on several Pixar films including Up, Inside Out, and most recently, The Incredibles 2. His IMDb page also shows credits in Disney movies such as Tarzan and Hercules as well as in Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.
But he’s sticking to his roots for this project, as Float will be the first Pixar animation that will star Filipino-American characters.
“I am proud to tell our stories,” tweeted Rubio, who in the same tweet revealed that Float will feature the first Pixar-animated Filipino characters. “I know what it means to see our culture represented on screen!”
While Float is an important milestone for Filipino-American representation in Western animation, this isn’t the first time a Filipino has worked on a Pixar film. In fact, Rubio worked with two other Filipino Pixar animators—who dub themselves as “Pixnoys”—in The Incredibles 2, namely set artist Nelson “Rey” Bohol and set designer Paul Abadilla, who both have several animation credits to their name.