Up and Coming..

Posted on Thursday 14 May 2009

First of all, thank you all for sending me many warm messages regarding my eye injury. The comments and emails will be returned, I promise! My eye is almost fully recovered. Still has a slight fracture waiting to be healed completely but I have been working and talking like a normal person now. (I only got to wear the eye patch for 2 days because people looked at me like I’m nuts more with it than without….)

Anyhow, I wanted to post a quick note about Pixar’s upcoming movie, “Up.”
I normally don’t do movie reviews on my blog and I hate to look like I’m advertising for a company I work for. But I just want to make an exception for this movie that made me feel like I was watching one of those special movies I used to watch when I was a kid. I won’t hesitate to say that this is one of my favorite animated movies of all time.

I don’t think I’m biased because I had nothing to do with this movie. I even didn’t go to the in-progress screenings for this film. As a matter of fact, I saw almost nothing except for some beautiful concept art done by rare talents like Daniel Lopez Munoz and Lou Romano. So I just have no attachment with this film.

This movie is a classic story fully taking advantage of the cartoon media. It’s a cartoon with a human story that everyone can relate to.
It’s all about characters and the emotions. And it was what the filmmaker Pete Docter wanted to make.

My buddies Enrico Casarosa and Ronnie Del Carmen are both behind the story of this film and you could tell. They both are masters at emotional story telling.

Anyhow, I won’t say much more.
I just wanted to humbly congratulate my colleagues for this film.
People are worried about this movie because they say, “who wants to see a grumpy old man and a chubby Asian kid?”
Well, hope people respond to the content.


Here is A video clip from Festival de Cannes

These are random sketches from the past. Pretty amazing performance by Japanese jazz pianist, Hiromi.


If you have seen her performance before, you know. She’s quite animated!

10 Comments for 'Up and Coming..'

    May 15, 2009 | 11:10 pm

    When Molly told me about your injury I admit my first reaction was “I hope it doesn’t affect his paintings”, a bit selfish I know, I enjoy seeing your work so much. My second reaction was “I hope he’s alright”. So get well soon! I’d love to have seen the eye patch…

    May 15, 2009 | 11:33 pm

    I’m very excited about Up!… I can’t wait to see it. I really like the last sketch and the eyes expression it’s cute.

    I hope you feel better

    May 16, 2009 | 12:15 am

    UP looks sick ๐Ÿ˜€

    May 16, 2009 | 1:15 pm

    How did you watch a 3D movie with special glasses with only one eye ? Man, you’re amazing ! I hope you will be healed completely very soon ! We have to wait until 29th of july to watch it in France (unless you’re lucky enough to go to Cannes or some super rare premiere on the Champs Elysees…)

    May 17, 2009 | 6:14 pm

    i love the sketches – composed beautifully even in a sketchbook. thanks for continuing to inspire me old friend.

    May 18, 2009 | 10:21 am

    Great sketches!! So much energy ๐Ÿ˜€

    And hope your eye get fully well soon. All the best and thanks for the inspirations!

    May 19, 2009 | 5:06 pm

    Yeah I can’t wait for this movie! At first I was only going to watch it because Dan worked on it. I’m joking. I’ll always watch a Pixar movie regardless.


    May 21, 2009 | 4:12 am

    Really good sketches. Brilliant work! Inspiring.

    June 1, 2009 | 12:56 pm


    I agree with you. I saw UP over the weekend and it is a Masterpiece. Masterful storytelling with emotional heart and humor which is wrapped in beautiful artistry. It will rank as one of the best films not just in animation.

    I heard many times that animation is collobrative process where individualism is drowned out. But, in this movie, you can see the

    June 14, 2009 | 8:08 pm

    It was so so so great to see you and Molly last weekend at jen’s wedding! I’m glad you two are doing great. I hope to come up and visit you guys and see your baby someday!

    Lo siento… Me parace que estamos comunicando con mi blog mas que email!
    Did you apply for Pixar internship?

    Gracie! Hope you are enjoying Pixar!

    Man, I think you will love Up, my friend!!!!!!

    When do I get to read the whole book James???

    Thanks man! Feels like it’s been a while to see your name on the comments! Great to see you are doing well!

    Yeah, Man. Dan Lopez…. He’s something. Bastardo Loco!! His work on Up is insane.

    Thank you. I saw your Paris paintings. Beautiful!!

    Of course, Keith Jarrett is one of my favorite pianists! Hiromi’s work is a bit more contemporary. I don’t listen to it as much but her performance is absolutely worth going.

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