MANILA - Pete Docter, the award-winning director behind the Pixar classics "Monsters Inc." and "Up," will be visiting the Philippines later this week to promote "Inside Out," the most recent offering from the acclaimed animation studio.
The 46-year-old Docter will be joined by Filipino-American animator and University of the Santo Tomas graduate Ronnie del Carmen, who also co-directed the film.
The announcement was made by Amit Malhortra, the general manager of Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia's Studio Entertainment.
"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," he said in a statement.
Docter and Del Carmen will attend the red-carpet premiere of "Inside Out" in the country on Friday at SM Aura, Taguig.
Del Carmen is also scheduled to give a lecture before local animators and animation students in an event organized by the Animation Council of the Philippines on Monday.
"Inside Out" is a comedy adventure featuring a team of personified emotions who help guide an 11-year-old girl named Riley through an unsettling change in her life.
The film, which made its debut at the 68th Cannes Film Festival last May, currently boasts an almost perfect score on review aggregator website "Rotten Tomatoes." It stars the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith.