ADRIAN MOLINA (Co-Director) began at Pixar Animation Studios as a story intern in the summer of 2006. Since joining the studio full-time that fall, Molina has worked on the Academy Award®-winning feature films “Ratatouille” and “Toy Story 3,” and was a story artist for Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University.” Recently, Molina was tapped to serve as the co-director and writer on the studio’s upcoming original film, “Coco,” which opens Nov. 22, 2017.
As a story artist, Molina worked with a story team to sketch sequences in a film. This iterative process often involves working through alternative options until the best story is developed.
Raised in Grass Valley, Calif., Molina found inspiration in making home movies with his three siblings when he was growing up. He credits his parents for encouraging him to embrace his artistic and creative instincts, and his high school literature program for teaching him how to be critical and aware of storytelling and structure.
Prior to Pixar, Molina attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in character animation. Molina resides in East Bay.
ANTHONY GONZALEZ (voice of Miguel) has been preforming since a very young age. Along with his sisters and brothers, he sang on Sundays at La Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles, a place of local folklore and Hispanic influence. Gonzalez went on to perform in major arenas, including Pico Rivera Sports Arena and Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, Calif., among others.
At age 4, Gonzalez walked into the oldest Hispanic talent agency in Los Angeles, the Alvarado Rey Agency, belting out a Mariachi—he was signed on the spot. TV and theater credits include “Criminal Minds,” “The Bridge,” “Ice Box” and “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles” in the Outdoor Theater at the Getty Villa.
As a singer, Gonzalez has performed for popular TV programs, including “Sábado Gigante,” “The Voice,” “The X Factor” and “Despierta América,” among others. Every year he volunteers to sing for Teletón USA, a Univision initiative that brings together Latin Americans to improve the lives of sick children.