Pixar interested in making Indonesian movie

The US-based Pixar Animation Studios is interested in making an animated movie about Indonesian folklore, Triawan Munaf, head of the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), said on Tuesday.

Triawan said that the agency has visited Pixar studios, the biggest animation studio in the US, on Oct. 29, during President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's visit to the US. He said that Walt Disney had also showed interest in working on the project.

"They will select [a traditional story] to tell through animation. The project is important for putting Indonesian wisdom and culture on the global stage" said Triawan.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer from Animation Studio, which produced Toy Story, asked Triawan's agency to prepare Indonesian folktales to be submitted to Pixar.

Triawan said this project was very important for Indonesia, especially for the local film industry, as it would strengthen the country's image in the international arena.

"I hope Indonesian animators can play significant roles in this project, not only working on graphics but also in creating the concept for the animation," he added.

Triawan said curating a folklore collection is the initial project for his agency, and submitting the work in March next year.

"We will give them summaries and storylines for various," said Triawan, adding that it takes four to five years to make one animated film.

Pixar was founded by John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, George Lucas and Steve Jobs in 1986. The release of Toy Story in 1995 transformed the animated movie industry into one centred around computerized creations.

Pixar also produced Monsters Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Wall E (2008), Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015).