I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

UP is released tomorrow! Plus a booksigning!

I love these guys. This has been the most rewarding movie I've ever worked on. From left: Russell (likes chocolate), Dug (loves everyone) and Carl (likes grumbling)

Nothin' but blue skies! The movie finally opens tomorrow, May 29,2009. Man, it seems we've been waiting forever. With the movie opening Cannes and the studio screenings one can almost think that the movie's been out there already. But NO! The general public will be able to see what all the fuss is about. If you got time please search out the reviews for this movie. It's been such a gift to us who made it. Made all the hard work all worth it. But now the real proof: The general public gets to see it.


That's right! On Saturday yours truly will be at signing at Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra.

Artist Ronnie Del Carmen will be visiting us from San Francisco on Saturday, May 30th, to talk about his work on the upcoming Disney•Pixar film "Up" where he served as story supervisor & lead story artist. Ronnie will show a short slide presentation and participate in a Q and A session.

"The Art of Up" Artist Panel and Book Signing with Ronnie Del Carmen

May 30, 2009
Opening Reception / May 30, 2:00PM - 5:00PM

Nucleus Gallery
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA

Please come by if you are around--Hey, it's free admission! I will be signing both Pixar books as well as the brand spankin' new "And there you are." Limited copies only so the first few will be able to get a signed copy. Real busy, eh?

Actually, I'll be at Disney studios tomorrow (Friday) doing a book signing then stay overnight for our Nucleus signing. Hope to see you guys there.

Nucleus Gallery
AWN: The Art of UP Artist Panel in L.A. on May 30


Blogger A-T-G said...

I'll be seeing it on opening weekend! Can't wait! Have a great time at the signing. Wish I could be there!

11:03 PM

Blogger Kei Acedera said...

I just saw it!! And I just have to say, Thank you for making such a wonderful film.

11:43 PM

Blogger Amelia Lorenz said...

Wish I could be there for the presentation! At least after tomorrow I can finally let myself read My Name Is Dug. I've had to hide it from myself to keep me from reading past the third page! Beautiful drawings. Have a good trip! And of course, I can't wait to see Up. Congrats on finishing what I think will be a fantastic film.

11:55 PM

Blogger Tom said...

I wish I lived on the west coast! Anyway, I am dying to see "Up" and I am waiting for the Art Of book to arrive in the mail. Congrats on the release of the film and books!

6:09 AM

Anonymous Tommy said...

From a Pixar fanboy in the midwest, thank you so much! My wife and I got to see Up at midnight last night and it was amazing.

Sometimes I really wish I lived in California so I could come to events like these and meet my heros!

6:47 AM

Anonymous ricky villabona said...

hey ronnie. great to know you're part of UP. looking forward to seeing it soon. congratulations!

btw, it's ricky here, your old partner in advertising crime.

3:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congratulations on this Masterpiece called UP. When I used to bump into you at various places while this movie was in production, I could tell the heavy burden put upon you. But, my friend, you should be proud as this movie is a triumph in story telling. The story has such beautiful heart and emotion wrapped in amazing artistry. It is a movie that you want to see again and again.

The bar has been raised!!!!!!!


4:12 PM

Blogger Jason said...

left work early - grabbed my wife and kids and caught a 5pm showing of UP. we loved it. thank you so much for the hard work. the instantaneous character development is amazing. heck, i found myself teary-eyed within the first 15 minutes of the film during the synopsis of his life. beautiful, beautiful work.

8:23 PM

Blogger Craig said...

Wow, wow, wow.

That was fantastic!

11:14 PM

Blogger Nick Sung said...

Ronnie, man. Congratulations. And have fun this weekend! It's all you man.

11:57 PM

Blogger Manoj a menon said...

Hi ronnie,
great to hear about this and nice to see the pages as well...
im from india and i've been coaxing the bookstores over here to get one of these ..dunno idf they will.I will surely be getting a copy of this in my life for sure.

I've been into 2D animation ( 6 years),children's books and themepark design ( 4 years) and am now wanting to get into the art department of pixar.

No..pls dont mistake me.

But since there aint much folks around to tell what a profesionally accepted art portfolio would look like( i've never been lucky to be in an arts school).

Wil it be possible to see your portfolio that you had sent to pixar..so that i can get a lok and feel of it?
i dont know if thats against a policy..if so im sorry to ask.

but i have pre[ared myself and i have already started working on it..

meanwhile.. i have my postings on this site...

there are about 5 pages.sorry for this request..but can you pls go through it...?
i know you are super busy.
it would mean a great help for someone like me.

any advice ..pls.
im a good recepient for all suggestions and i am wanting to improve myself a lot.

pls ronnie.
and thank you so much for inspiring me.


12:05 AM

Blogger Jason Kraft (kraftalicious@hotmail.com) said...

I Just saw UP last night...If I may make some suggestions for nexII I DONT THINK SO! BRAVO!!! You guys had me teary eyed, and the last time i was teary eyed because of a film,was when I saw E.T...I was 6. I experienced almost every emotion one can have. It astounds me. Everybody who participated in the creation of this film must have sore back and feet from carrying around all that TALENT. I just recently had the enormous opportunity to do some work for Blue Sky, I hope one day I get the chance to work with some of the folks at Pixar. Good luck with whatever you may do next Ronnie

6:26 AM

Blogger fason is a dork. said...

saw UP this morning. just... wow. thank you and thanks to everyone who participated in this storytelling masterpiece.

7:02 PM

Blogger Richard Gaines said...

Congrats, bro!! The movie was awesome and I actually want to see it again! The only thing when I saw it was the worst crowd imaginable. While the theatre wasn't crowded, these really noisy kids made up for it. What really ticked me were the parents who didn't do anything to shut them up! Well, that's what I get for going to a matinee.

Great stuff and I hope to work with the likes of you one day!

7:07 PM

Anonymous Lee-Roy said...

Hey Ronnie! Nice job with the presentation at Nucleus today! Would've loved to talk to you after, but the line was so long and I figured I'd save you the trouble of talking to one more person. However, I did pick up all three books — now I need Paper Biscuit 1. Man, I love the comic. Just flipping through it. I haven't really read it, because I'm thinking I should read number one first. I've seen many of your sketches of Nina, but never picked up the actual comic, so thanks for bringing that. Really enjoyed your calm, intelligent, and elegant demeanor today and I think that must be a saving grace through the long process of story development.

This film called UP is a very beautiful thing. It's really a treasure. Can't wait to see it again, but I'm trying to pace myself.

All the best!


8:20 PM

Blogger Nancy said...

Wow. My favorite Pixar film so far. Lots of sniffles in the theater last night, Ronnie! And all day today, all I could think of is how fleeting life is, and how important it is to appreciate those people who share your life. These are the good old days!

9:43 PM

Blogger Wilson Swain said...

Thank you so much for your presentation at Nucleus--it was great to meet you briefly and I learned a lot. I'll be watching commercials for emotional shorthand more closely.

Fantastic film! Congrats!

10:20 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Great seeing you at Nucleus on Sat!! I saw the movie on the same day, It's BEAUTIFUL!! No just in the visual sense, the story is lovely. The characters are relatable and captivating ... (tears roll down my cheek in the opening ... and few time into the film)!! I LOVE IT!!

Thank you for your slide presentation at Nucleus, it's very inspiring to hear your research stories and see the travel photos, and then watch the film ... and realize how all the elements are put together and applied in the film. ^_____^ Your climb to Paradise Fall totally pay off !! It's stunning!!

3:06 PM

Blogger rad sechrist said...

I just saw it last night. It was one of the best movies I've ever seen! Can't wait to watch it again. I loved seeing all the stuff when they were kids, like the old cars and film footage.

9:27 AM

Blogger andromeister said...

You were in SF on May 30? OMG I AM SO MAD MYSELF!!! I was there last Saturday buying some Auntie Em's Ensaymadas and ice cream at Mitchell's. If I knew to check your blog before then I would have known... Please say your going to do another book signing in the Bay Area again!

7:58 PM

Blogger Camy said...

My boyfriend and I watched this as soon as it opened in Manila. I cried on the first few minutes of this. Reminded so much of what love is suppose to be and what love can do to us in both the bad and the good. On how to find it again after a loss.

We hope you can come and visit Manila to do a book signing or to give a talk, it would be inspiring...it would be lovely to have you here.

Thank you and take care.

6:28 PM

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