Ronnie del Carmen
del Carmen in August 2014
Ronaldo del Carmen

(1959-12-31) December 31, 1959 (age 62)
Cavite City, Philippines
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

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 computer-animated Inside Out with Pete Docter.[5][6] The film premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2015.[7] In April 2021, it was revealed that Del Carmen had left Pixar and is set to write and direct an original Philippine-themed animated feature film at Netflix.[8]

Comic books

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.[9]

Personal life

Del Carmen is married and has two children.[1] His brothers, Louie and Rick, also work in animation.[10]


Feature films

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 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

Year Title Director Writer Production
Other Notes
2005 One Man Band No No Yes No No
2009 Leonardo No No No Additional No
Dug's Special Mission Yes Yes No No No
2019 Smash and Grab No No No No Yes Brian Larsen's Story Brain Trust


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


Awards and nominations


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ "Inside Out (2015)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 19, 2021. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  6. ^ Sciretta, Peter (August 20, 2011). "Pete Docter To Direct Pixar Movie Set Inside The Mind (D23 Expo)". /Film. Archived from the original on May 2, 2021. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  7. ^ Gettell, Oliver (May 11, 2015). "Cannes 2015: Studios to drop in with 'Mad Max,' 'Inside Out'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 14, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  8. ^ Nepales, Ruben V. (April 7, 2021). "[Only IN Hollywood] Ronnie del Carmen on leaving Pixar to direct Philippine lore-based Netflix film". Rappler. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  9. ^ Chris Arrant, “Pixar & Comics – Ronnie del Carmen on ‘And There You Are’,”, March 18, 2009.
  10. ^ Ruben V. Nepales, “Cavite-born UST alum co-directs Pixar film”, Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 3, 2011.