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Pixar, the studio that brought viewers some of the most iconic animated movies such as “Toy Story”, “The Incredibles”, “Finding Nemo”, “Cars”, and “Up”, will finally create a short film that will feature Filipino characters.

Filipino-American filmmaker Bobby Rubio made the announcement via Twitter on January 10 that he will be writing and directing the Pixar short “Float” as part of the animation studio’s recently launched experimental storytelling initiative, Spark Shorts.

“It’s official! I can finally tell you I’m the writer and director of the Pixar Spark Short ‘Float’,” Rubio said on Twitter.

“I’m so proud to be a part of this program and to be among these very talented people! And I have to give a shout-out to my wonderful and talented crew, Team Float!” he added.

In the accompanying video of the tweet, Rubio said that the initiative is a big way for him to tell his story.

A sneak peek of his short film was also included the video which shows a father looking surprised after his baby started floating away from him.

Rubio also confirmed that the characters seen on the preview are indeed Filipinos.

“Those are Filipino lead characters in my Pixar Spark Short!” he said.

He is also proud to say that his characters are “Pixar’s first all CGI Filipino characters”.

“So technically, the first Pixnoys! I am proud to tell our stories. I know what it means to see our culture represented on screen!” he said.

Rubio said in a separate tweet that he is hoping that his short film will uplift Filipinos knowing that their stories are being represented.

“I am so grateful to tell our stories,” he said. “I know what it means to be underrepresented and I hope that my Pixar Spark Short ‘Float’ will inspire more Filipino-American stories to come! I’m going to do my best to tell more!”

Rubio is currently working as a story artist in Pixar Animation Studios. He is among the artists behind the films “Up”, “Incredibles 2”, “Inside Out” and “Brave”, as well as Disney films including “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet”.

He also had a career in comic book writing and created his own comic series “Alcatraz High” and “4 Gun Conclusion”.

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