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Gini Santos, Pixar’s First Ever Female Filipino Lead Animator

It is always the pride and, at the same time, the fascination of Filipinos for even one of us to be included in the roster of people who are behind the creation of our all-time favorite Disney-Pixar animated movies like Toy Story 2, Monster’s Inc, and Finding Nemo?

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Gini Santos, a Pixar film animator, was born in Manila and took up advertising arts at the University of Santo Tomas and later moved and worked in the field of advertising in Guam.

Eventually, Gini came across Pixar Animation Studios as a character animator with her first project film, Toy story 2. From then on, she has worked in hit animated films like A Bug’s Life, Monster’s Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Up.

Gini is truly an inspiration to all Filipinos, especially now that she is currently working as the studio’s lead animator for the upcoming Disney Pixar movie Coco wherein she is responsible for earning rave reviews about the animation and graphics work shown in the movie’s trailer.

Coco is a story about a boy named Miguel who is desperate to prove his talent and dreams on becoming an accomplished musician like his idol. In his journey, he finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. The film opens in theaters on November 22, 2017.

Gini is not the only Filipino animator in Pixar. In fact, there’s a significant number of Filipino animators who have dominated the California-based computer animation film studio, who are collectively dubbed as Pixnoy (Pinoys working at Pixar). But what makes Gini stand out is the fact that she was able to make it to the high ranks in a male-dominated industry.

For those who spent their time on doodling, there is always an opportunity to level up and conquer different heights just as Gini did. If you think doodling won’t get you anywhere, always remember the animators of Disney Pixar movies.

 

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