Category Archives: The Blue Umbrella

Monsters University Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack 10/29

With Monsters University slowly moving out of theaters, you can bring home Pixar’s 2013 feature film on Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 29th in the US and November 25th in the UK. Can’t wait that long? You’re in luck, MU will be available for High-Definition Digital Download on October 8th in both 2D and 3D. Head past the break to read about the bonus features that are to be included.

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News Roundup 6/25: MU Opening Weekend, Soundtrack Revelations, and More

Pixar News is returning to the weekly roundup format for the summer, breaking down the Pixar happenings of the past week all in one blog post.

Pixar rolled out the blue carpet for the Monsters University premier this past Monday at the El Capitan theater up in Hollywood, the following weekend brought Pixar’s second biggest opening weekend to date, and meanwhile the Monsters University soundtrack shocked many listeners when a key song was nowhere to be found.

This and a whole lot more in this week’s Pixar News Roundup.

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The World Premiere of MU and The Blue Umbrella

The El Capitan Theater hosted the world premiere of Monsters University and The Blue Umbrella last Monday, with Hollywood Boulevard playing host to the blue carpet capped with the MU archway.

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Review: The Blue Umbrella will blow you away

The Blue Umbrella is Pixar’s most unique and intriguing short to date. From the touching story to the fascinating way in which it was told, you will find yourself laughing and smiling only to be on the verge of tears moments later.

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The photorealistic style of the short is what sets it apart from animated shorts and features from the past. By pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of 3D animation, Director Saschka Unseld and The Blue Umbrella crew gave the audience the capacity to believe the action on the screen at a level not seen before in animated film. As Maryellen Atkins said in her guest review at Pixar Post, “The Blue Umbrella feels like 3D animation all grown up.” Continue reading

Monsters University to open the 2013 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Monsters University has been selected by Marcel Jean to open the 2013 Annecy International Animation Film Festival alongside The Blue Umbrella. The festival kicks off on the 10th of June.

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The Annecy International Animation Film Festival was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association. 

Video of the announcement and ticket info after the break.

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SXSW 2013 to host the US Premier of The Blue Umbrella

Update 2/18: Director Saschka Unseld has posted the dates and times that The Blue Umbrella will be playing at SXSW:

  • Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:00am
  • Tuesday, March 11, 2013 at 4:15pm
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:30pm

Original Post 2/7: South by Southwest is a series of film and music festivals with conferences that takes place every Spring in Austin Texas. This 27 year old festival has become a springboard for indie film makers and artists as well as a place for big companies to showcase their latest and greatest.

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This years SXSW will play host to the stateside debut of The Blue Umbrella, so if you’re down in Texas during the second week of March, be sure to look up the 2013 SXSW Festival.

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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)

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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.

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