Did You Know That Tom McCarthy Helped Write Pixar's Up?
by Alex Billington
May 27, 2009
I wasn't the only one who noticed something strange in the opening credits for Pixar's Up when I saw it a few weeks ago - Tom McCarthy was credited as a screenwriter along with Bob Peterson. McCarthy, who is also an actor, is probably best known for writing and directing both The Station Agent and The Visitor from last year. He's a great writer and it's very cool to see Pixar reaching out to people outside of their own studio to help work on their movies. Plus, I think his involvement can definitely be felt in the movie, as the story in Up is truly wonderful. SlashFilm has a few more details on how this collaboration first came together.
"Bob and I developed the idea [for Up], played with it for quite a while and then [Bob] was on Rat (the working title for Ratatouille)," director Pete Docter told SlashFilm. "And then for some time I really needed someone to spark off of and I met Tom before and really liked his films, The Station Agent especially -- which was actually one of the models for the story, a family coming together… So he came in and wrote two drafts. He was here for three months and then Bob came back."
His contributions were enough to warrant an actual credit on the movie - something which isn't even listed on IMDb yet, only in the actual movie (for now). It's also interesting to see how far back the work on this extends. That means that McCarthy must have been working on this a few years ago, before he had even shot The Visitor. Pixar consulted with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins on Wall-E and is always brings in some of the best talent from the live-action world to help with their movies. It's another one of those little perks that makes Pixar one of the greatest movie studios in the world, animated or not.