Disney’s newest animated character based after Korean

The Korean Face of Pixar's Latest Star

Russell (top) and Peter Sohn /Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios
Russell (top) and Peter Sohn /Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios

The
boy hero of Disney/Pixar's new animation "Up," which raked US$68
million in the first week since its U.S. release, is modeled after a
Korean employee in the Pixar Studios. The little boy Russell is modeled
after Peter Sohn, a 32-year-old ethnic Korean production artist who has
been working with Pixar since 2000.

Sohn also made his debut as
a short film director with four-minute animation "Partly Cloudy," which
was released along with "Up."

You can read the rest of the article here. What is interesting to me is that I never knew the boy character was supposed to be Asian. Did you?