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Fil-Am artist goes back to his roots in own Pixar short creation

Bobby Rubio, a Filipino-American story artist who works at Pixar Animation Studios, created characters of the same descent as stars of his upcoming short, 'Float.'

BY PAULEA BENOZA

Twitter: @pauleaaa

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1/14/2019 5:15 PM
Fil-Am artist goes back to his roots in own Pixar short creation


Photo credit: @bobbyrubio on IG

A Filipino-American animator need not look further than his own culture as his inspiration for his upcoming short for Pixar Animation Studios.

 

Bobby Rubio, one of the story artists who works at Pixar, recently had the chance to create his own film for SparkShorts, “an experimental storytelling initiative that welcomes new creative voices at Pixar to share their stories”. His entry, entitled Float, will feature two Filipino-American characters, he announced on Twitter last Thursday.

 

 

“So technically, the first [Pixnoys]! I am proud to tell our stories. I know what it means to see our culture represented on screen! #RepresentationMatters” writes Rubio in a tweet.

 

Aside from Float, Bobby – who worked in animated films Up, Tarzan, and Avatar: The Last Airbender series previously – is currently on a separate project entitled Neighborhood Legend, starring yet another Filipina-American character in a story set in his hometown in San Diego, California.

 

Here are some more of his works, including one for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray:

Following its theatrical run beginning this month, SparkShorts will be available for viewing on Youtube in February, according to Pixar.