Ruffin studied computer animation at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He landed an internship with Pixar his senior year of college, his first professional milestone. After completing the internship in Oakland in 2013, he moved to Montreal, where he worked for the Moving Picture Company. In 2015, he returned to Oakland to work as an animator for Pixar.

From Academy Award-winning films like Coco and Toy Story 4, to Incredibles 2, Onward, and Finding Dory, Pixar animator MontaQue Ruffin has film credits for all these films. The 30-year-old animator, who grew up in Levittown, is also part of the animation team for Soul, which features Pixar’s first Black lead character.