Netflix Is Working on a Philippine Mythology Film with the Filipino Co-Creator of Inside Out


After news that Netflix had cast Liza Soberano and Shay Mitchell in the upcoming Filipino animated series Trese, the streaming giant is championing the Philippines once more, this time by teaming up with famed Filipino animator Ronnie del Carmen to release an upcoming film based on Filipino mythology.

A UST alumnus, del Carmen has worked on huge animated blockbusters like Soul, Toy Story 4, and Incredibles 2. He’s best known for being the co-director and writer of Inside Out, the story supervisor of Up and Finding Nemo, and a story artist of Coco, Brave, Monsters University, WALL-E, and Ratatouille. Aside from his impressive portfolio, del Carmen is also an Oscar-nominated artist with a nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Inside Out.

He’s worked for DreamWorks Animation and Pixar Animation Studios, but recently made the big move to Netflix where he’ll be bringing Filipino folklore to a global audience.

There’s not much else we know about the upcoming Netflix project other than that it will be rooted in del Carmen’s experiences and memories of the Philippines, as well as the folklore he grew up knowing. Here’s what he said to Cartoon Brew on his move to Netflix:

“I grew up somewhere else. My story starts in a group of islands, in a region that I’ve now traveled back to many times over. Each time I wish I could stay and relearn what I missed. Now I feel the pull of figuring out the beginning. The parts that I use to make movies began there. So on this new journey, I go where these stories will thrive. I carried these tales to Netflix, and when they heard my story they asked me to tell it here. So this is where I’m growing and nurturing these stories that have never been told, in an arena they deserve to belong to.”


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