During our recent set visit to Pixar Animation Studios, we were treated to a special screening of The Blue Umbrella, the short film that will be playing in front of Monsters University when it opens on June 21st. I was able to sit down with the film’s director Saschka Unseld for a one-on-one interview. We talked about his learning experience in making the short film, bringing inanimate faces in the cityscape to life, giving each character personality, the use of colors in the film and his favorite creation. Hit the jump for the full interview.
While on our recent set visit to Pixar Animation Studios, we were treated to a special screening of director Saschka Unseld’s animated short film, The Blue Umbrella. This short will run in front of Pixar’s Monsters University on June 21st. Like previous Pixar shorts, The Blue Umbrella is absent of dialogue and long on the use of visual and musical cues to elicit an emotional response. This particular meet cute centers on two boldy-colored umbrellas in the middle of a rainstorm in the city. If you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes work on The Blue Umbrella, be sure to read up on our interviews with Unseld. Hit the jump for my review and to find out why The Blue Umbrella is unlike any Pixar short you’ve seen before.
During our recent set visit to Pixar Animation Studios, we were treated to a special screening of The Blue Umbrella, the short film that will be playing in front of Monsters University when it opens on June 21st. The film’s director Saschka Unseld took a few moments to joins us for a roundtable interview. There, he talked about the short film’s photo-realistic animation, his experience working on previous animated films, writing a happy ending versus having an “arthouse film” ending, his cinematic influences, the importance of music in the piece and more. Hit the jump for the full interview.
As we stepped onto the campus of Monsters University, we were greeted by the school’s cheerleading squad who were accompanied by the drum section of their marching band. Music and cheers filled the air as we walked to the center of campus where a huge tailgating party had been set up for the annual homecoming game against Fear Tech. In the quad, all manner of student organizations were out in force trying to sign us up for the Yearbook Club, the Greek Council and the Art Club (or maybe it was just a guy named Art…). As soon as we set foot inside the doors to the main hall, we knew we had arrived … at Pixar Animation Studios.
In what was too short a time at Pixar, our group was whisked on a whirlwind behind-the-scenes journey of their latest animated feature (and The Blue Umbrella, the short that will be preceding it in theaters). Monsters University, the studio’s first prequel, will re-introduce fans of Monsters, Inc. to the college versions of Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman). Hit the jump for 35 things you need to know about it!
We’ve got a number of new posters to share this evening. Briefly:
- Fast & Furious 6 – A new character poster for the action sequel focuses on franchise-staple Paul Walker and, of course, a car. The film opens on May 24th.
- Epic – A couple of character posters for the upcoming animated film from Blue Sky Studios. The pic features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, and Josh Hutcherson. The film opens in 3D on May 24th.
- The Blue Umbrella – The debut poster for the gorgeous-looking upcoming Pixar short film. The pic will be attached to Monsters University on June 21st.
- Drew: The Man Behind the Poster – The first one-sheet for the documentary chronicling the life and work of renowned poster artist Drew Struzan.
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist – The new one-sheet for Mira Nair’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel. The film stars Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, and Kiefer Sutherland.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.
Pixar has always been pushing the edge when it comes to photorealism in their movies, but it’s always in the little things you may not notice such as water or a character’s hair. However, the stunning animation will be difficult to ignore in their upcoming short film, The Blue Umbrella. A brief clip has been released online, and it’s tough to believe that Pixar didn’t shoot live-action footage and then place animated faces on top of it.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The Blue Umbrella will play in front of Monsters University, which opens June 21st.