‘The Blue Umbrella’: First look at Pixar’s rainy day love story

Jan. 09, 2013 | 1:25 p.m.

A rainy twilight sets the stage for two umbrellas to fall in love in a clip from “The Blue Umbrella” — a short film set to debut before Pixar’s “Monsters University” this June.

Pixar has become nothing short of a hit machine, churning out many of Hollywood’s most popular and critically acclaimed animated features over the last 15 years. But equally beloved are the Pixar Shorts — the animated short films that have accompanied each Pixar theatrical release since old Geri played a game of chess against himself in “Geri’s Game,” which debuted before “A Bug’s Life” in 1998.

The shorts have become known for originality and charm, and have garnered three Oscar wins plus seven nominations collectively, including a nod for “La Luna,” which screened before last year’s “Brave.”

“The Blue Umbrella” looks to follow suit, if the adorable 26-second preview released this week is any indication.

The six-minute film, directed by Pixar technical artist Saschka Unseld, is about a blue umbrella who falls for a red umbrella and weathers a storm while following that crush. The clip (watch it above) reveals a photorealistic style and a gorgeous, rain-inspired soundtrack (by composer Jon Brion), complete with dripping raindrops and whistling wind.

Unseld has previously worked as a layout artist for “Brave,” “Cars 2″ and “Toy Story 3.”

“Monsters University” — a prequel to 2001′s “Monsters, Inc.” — is slated for a June 21 release and reunites cast members Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi.

– Noelene Clark
Twitter.com/@NoeleneClark

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