Posted on 20 June 2009 by Philbert Lui
I’m going to delay my movie review for Pixar’s Up a little more, and show you the colour script/storyboard of the movie. It is simple, beautiful and thoroughly proves that a picture is worth a thousand words.
The last image shows more emphasis on Russell’s Asian-ness. If it was a normal illustration or painting, it might be a little offensive, but its the simplistic portrayal of wider story so I think its alright.
More of the colour script at Lou Romano’s blog.
Posted on 07 June 2009 by Philbert Lui
I might be the only one who failed to notice that boy from Pixar’s latest film, Up, is Asian. Like any animation fan, I look forward to Pixar’s annual grandeur. After watching the Up trailer several times, I still failed to identify the little wilderness-exploring chubby kid to be of Asian descent. I only noticed after watching the film in the cinema.
Props to Pixar for not only designing an Asian character but also have a Japanese kid, Jordan Nagai, provide the voice acting. Jordan’s older brother was the one who was scheduled to audition for the role but his non-stop talkative nature caught the attention of the directors. More at Movie Hole’s interview with the creators.
The big screen and 3D goodness made me see the Asian part of the character. It was not obvious, which is great. The eyes are very Asian-like but not blatantly shown to be considered racial stereotyping. And the way they animated the typical thin, spiky, soft Asian hair was also a big hint.
That’s all for now. A movie review on Up coming soon as well as the short film Partly Cloudy shown before the feature. It was very awesomesauce.