‘COCO’ & ‘TOY STORY 3’ Director Lee Unkrich Leaves Pixar

Sad news today as Pixar mainstay Lee Unkrich has announced that he is leaving the company after 25 years.

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The film-maker is best known for directing Toy Story 3 and Coco, which both won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but he’s been with the company ever since working as an editor on Toy Story. Unkrich gave the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter:

I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered.

He’s certainly left an incredible legacy for Pixar that shines through in the following quote from Pete Docter, director of Inside Out and Monsters Inc.:

His artistry and expert craftsmanship as an editor and co-director became a major reason for the high quality of our filmmaking, and as Lee went on to direct, his ability to find the deep humor and emotion enabled him to create some of the strongest films we’ve made.

Whatever Unkrich’s future pursuits might be, we wish him the best of luck as he takes some much deserved time for himself and family.

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What’s your favorite Lee Unkrich film? What do you hope the future holds for him?

Let us know on twitter @superbromovies!

James Preston Poole

Source: Hollywood Reporter

 

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