Ronnie del Carmen

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Ronnie del Carmen
del Carmen in August 2014
Ronaldo del Carmen

(1959-12-31) December 31, 1959 (age 61)
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas
OccupationWriter, director, storyboard artist, designer, illustrator
EmployerDreamWorks Animation (1997–2000)
Pixar Animation Studios (2000–2020)
Netflix (2020–present)

Ronnie del Carmen (born December 31, 1959) is a Filipino animation writer, director, story artist, story supervisor and production designer. He co-directed and was one of the story writers for the 2015 Pixar film Inside Out, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He was the story supervisor on Pixar's tenth full-length computer-animated film, Up and directed its accompanying short film, Dug's Special Mission.

Early life and education[edit]

Del Carmen was born in the city of Cavite in the Philippines.[1] After high school, he worked as a painter on the set of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now, which was filming in the Philippines.[2] He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising.[2]



After college, Del Carmen worked as an art director for print and television advertising campaigns before moving to the United States in 1989 to pursue a career in film.[2] He worked for Warner Bros as a storyboard artist on Batman: The Animated Series, and as a story supervisor for DreamWorks on The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Road to El Dorado (2000), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003).[3] He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2000, working as story supervisor on Finding Nemo (2003), production designer on the Academy Award-nominated short film One Man Band (2005), storyboard artist on Ratatouille (2007) and WALL-E (2008), and story supervisor on Up (2009).[3][4] He made his directorial debut with the animated short film Dug's Special Mission (2009), which accompanied Up on its DVD and Blu-ray release.[4] He co-directed the 3D computer animated comedy Inside Out with Pete Docter. The film premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2015.[1] Del Carmen left Pixar in August 2020 and is currently directing and writing an original unannounced animated feature at Netflix.

Comic books[edit]

Del Carmen has illustrated several comic books, including Batman Adventures: Holiday Special, which won an Eisner Award for Best Single Issue in 1995, and the children's book My Name Is Dug, written by Kiki Thorpe.[3] He has also written several comic books, including the Paper Biscuit series and And There You Are.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Del Carmen is married and has two children.[1] His brothers, Louie and Rick, also work in animation.[6]


Feature Films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Story
Other Notes
1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm No No No Yes No Storyboard Designer
1998 The Prince of Egypt No No No Yes No
2000 The Road to El Dorado No No Yes No No Artistic Supervisor - Story
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker No No No Yes No Direct-to-video
2002 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron No No Yes No No Artistic Supervisor - Story
2003 Finding Nemo No No Yes No No
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas No No No Additional No
2007 Ratatouille No No No Yes No
2008 WALL-E No No No Yes No
2009 Up No No Yes No Yes Additional Screenplay Material
2012 Brave No No No Additional No
2013 Monsters University No No No Additional No
2015 Inside Out[7][8] Co-Director Original Story No No Yes Additional Voices
2017 Coco No No No Yes Yes Senior Creative Team
2018 Incredibles 2 No No No No Yes
2019 Toy Story 4 No No No No Yes
2020 Soul No No No No Yes Voice of Windstar, Additional Story Contributions

Short Films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Production
2005 One Man Band No No Yes No
2009 Leonardo No No No Additional
Dug's Special Mission Yes Yes No No


Year Title Credited as
1990 Widget, the World Watcher Storyboard artist
1991 Where's Waldo? Storyboard artist
1992–95 Batman: The Animated Series Storyboard artist, character designer
1993–94 Mighty Max Character designer
1995 Freakazoid! Director

Other Credits[edit]

Year Title Notes
2019 Smash and Grab Brian Larsen's Story Brain Trust


Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Janet R. Nepales, “Spotlight on Filipino Co-director Ronnie Del Carmen and His Much-talked-about Pixar Film, ‘Inside Out’,” Golden Globes, May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Jeramie Noyer, “Up: rising with Story Artist and Dug's Special Mission's Director Ronnie del Carmen!” Animated Views, November 26, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c “Ronnie del Carmen,” Pixar Talk. Accessed July 12, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ramin Zahed, “A Dug's Life: Ronnie del Carmen Chats About His New Pixar Short,” Animation Magazine, November 6, 2009.
  5. ^ Chris Arrant, “Pixar & Comics – Ronnie del Carmen on ‘And There You Are’,”, March 18, 2009.
  6. ^ Ruben V. Nepales, “Cavite-born UST alum co-directs Pixar film”, Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 3, 2011.
  7. ^ Sciretta, Peter (August 20, 2011). "Pete Docter To Direct Pixar Movie Set Inside The Mind (D23 Expo)". SlashFilm. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Dickey, Josh (April 24, 2012). "Pixar announces Latin-themed feature". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2012.

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