Bulgarians are celebrating native son Anthony Christov, Art Director of the Disney owned Pixar Animation Studio, following the Golden Globe award and the six Oscar nominations for Wall E.
Christov supervised the visual aspects of the hit film.
Christov, born in 1961, escaped Communist Bulgaria following his 1981 he graduation from the Sofia Higher School for Fine Arts. After a stay at an Austrian refugee camp, he emigrated to the U.S., where he founded a small advertising company.
Christov worked as layout designer and supervisor for Warner Bros, Fox and Universal. He was appointed as Head of Pixar in 1999 and become a key element in the artistic design of several 150 million dollars feature length animations. In films such as Finding Nemo, Cars,and The Incredibles he practiced his main specialty: the combination of real and computer drawings.
His upcoming work includes Toy Story 3 in 2010 followed by Cars 2 in 2011.