Lee Unkrich, Director of Toy Story 3 and Pixar Veteran: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Lee Unkrich

Lee Unkrich is the director of Toy Story 3. He's worked at Pixar for more than 15 years, and co-directed Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and Toy Story 2. Before he worked at Pixar, he was an editor in non-animated film = his credits include a TV movie called "Separated By Murder" and the erotic TV thriller Silk Stalkings.

Lee talked with us about being a non-animator in an animation company, and what his traditional film-making skills mean in a Pixar context. He also talks about introducing themes of mortality into kids' movie, and the pressure of making a Pixar film.


Lee Unkrich as a director

You did a fabulous job with Toy Story 3. It was great hearing you explain the relationships of the characters and how you made them so life-like. You are very talented and have a lot of emotional depth. You care about your audience and it shows.

Interview with Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich

Thank you Jesse Thorn and The Sound of Young America for your excellent interview with Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich.

You asked great Pixar, film, and animation questions which allowed Lee to reveal so much about the parameters, nuances, and emotional arch of Woody, Buzz, and the family of toys. I gained new insights about the process which will inform my own creative path.

I applaud Lee and his team for going the distance with the story, from their grand joy of imagining full lives for the toys to facing the toys' deaths in the incinerator--all the magic and joy they created in this award winning film.

To Jesse and Lee, may you interview and create to infinity and beyond!

Joy Resor

Joy on Your Shoulders TM

Your comments moved my heart

I delighted in your comments, Joy.
Only today did I come upon this.
And what a lovely surprise it was.
What a great, day-starter!

Emilie Unkrich

Bravo for the Babe: Pig in

Bravo for the Babe: Pig in the City reference. Great interview and a great subject.