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High-Res Stills and Video from Pixar’s Latest Short: The Blue Umbrella

Previously only known as rainycitytales332, Pixar has released two stills as well as a thirty second clip of their newest short titled The Blue Umbrella. The short will appear in theaters in front of Monsters University on June 21st.

The clip shows a drastic departure from the style seen in other Pixar shorts, going more in the direction of photorealism. Story-wise, it looks to be a very Paperman-esque boy meets girl story, which is definitely not a bad thing. (click to view high-res)

The Blue Umbrella Still

The companion WSJ article also names Saschka Unseld as the director of the short. Unseld has worked in Pixar’s camera and staging department since 2008. The soundtrack (which you get a little taste of in the clip above) is composed by  Jon Brion with vocals by Sarah Jaffe. Be sure to take a glance at the entire WSJ article (thanks to Pixar Place for finding a way around the pay wall).

It will be very interesting to see what comes of the blue umbrella, but if Pixar’s past shorts are any indication, it’s sure to be an emotional 5 minutes.

The Blue Umbrella Still

Updated 12/14: Two New Monsters University Stills show Mike and Sulley on Campus

UPDATED: 12/14 Pixar has just released a new still on their tumblr showing another scene from the fraternity type party.

ARE WE HAVING FUN YET? – When it comes to college life, Mike and Sulley have VERY different ideas of what it means to have a good time—it’s a wonder these two mismatched monsters ever settled their differences. Directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, “Monsters University” scares up audiences on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. ©2012 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

ARE WE HAVING FUN YET? Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


12/12: Two new Monsters University stills have surfaces over at, one shows Sulley holding Mike over his head at a fraternity party

Mike and Sulley at Monsters University

Mike and Sulley at Monsters University // via

“This is roughly around the time Mike and Sulley meet,” says director Dan Scanlon, who made the Cars short Mater and the Ghostlight“They’re at a fraternity party, and this is Mike and Sulley getting off on the wrong foot a little bit.”

The second still departs from the rivalry between Sulley and Mike (which seems to be the main story line of the movie) and shows a wide-eyed Mike Wazowski likely headed to his first day of school at MU, sporting his retainer and a Monsters U hat (still available for purchase).

Mike's first Day // via Stitch Kingdom

Mike’s first Day // via Stitch Kingdom

As Al over at Pixar Corner duly noted, we have seen two posters, an amazing viral website, and now two stills, which leaves a full length trailer. A113 Animation has confirmed that For the Birds is showing before Monsters, Inc. 3D (not the Rainy City Tales short), however no word on a new Monsters U trailer attached to the front.

Monsters University is in theaters June 21st 2013.

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