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Pixar tries for a more realistic animation style in this clip for the new short film The Blue Umbrella

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Whether you love Pixar or not, you have to admit they are the name to beat when it comes to feature animation. While the Pixar team expands little by little beyond the original group of directors, young up and comers are still given an opportunity to try their hand at originality with short films attached to the theatrical releases each year. Some of these shorts are downright fantastic (DAY & NIGHT, PRESTO) and there is not a single one that does not entertain.

The latest short film is THE BLUE UMBRELLA, which will be attached to MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. The short goes for a look very different from any other Pixar film. Yes, the central characters are anthropomorphized umbrellas, but they are photo-realistic as well. Pixar does have some stunning imagery that they intentionally exaggerate for a more cartoon style, but they definitely have the technology for realism.

Plot: It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.

Director Saschka Unseld is likely to get a lot of praise for this film. Judging this 30 seconds of footage, Unseld has done more with umbrellas than Lindsay Lohan has done in her entire career.

THE BLUE UMBRELLA will open in front of MONSTERS UNIVERSITY in theaters on June 21, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Jon Brion (PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE) is said to be scoring THE BLUE UMBRELLA
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12:36AM on 01/08/2013

Remember that Pixar Shorts are Tech proofs of concept first

Even though many of them are amazing short stories on their own, the core inspiration for every Pixar short starts at: "what CG technology do we want to experiment with?"
Thus, it doesn't really matter whether a short uses some technique that can be done more easily or quickly a different way, only that it sufficiently investigates said technique. Their awesome stories are just icing on the cake after that.
Even though many of them are amazing short stories on their own, the core inspiration for every Pixar short starts at: "what CG technology do we want to experiment with?"
Thus, it doesn't really matter whether a short uses some technique that can be done more easily or quickly a different way, only that it sufficiently investigates said technique. Their awesome stories are just icing on the cake after that.
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3:35PM on 01/07/2013

On a side note

The shortfilm Paperman shown before Wreck-it Ralph was incredibly fantastic in animation and story. The guys that come up with these things are geniuses IMO.
The shortfilm Paperman shown before Wreck-it Ralph was incredibly fantastic in animation and story. The guys that come up with these things are geniuses IMO.
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3:21PM on 01/07/2013

makes me wonder...

why even spend that ridiculous amount of money animating it when you could've just filmed a few umbrellas and in the rain and animated over it? I mean it's impressive that it is photo realistic... but it seems like a total waste. You can't even admire the animation (the vast majority of people won't be able to) as they can't even tell that it's animation... it just seems pretty pointless I think. Impressive, but silly.
why even spend that ridiculous amount of money animating it when you could've just filmed a few umbrellas and in the rain and animated over it? I mean it's impressive that it is photo realistic... but it seems like a total waste. You can't even admire the animation (the vast majority of people won't be able to) as they can't even tell that it's animation... it just seems pretty pointless I think. Impressive, but silly.
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6:28PM on 01/07/2013
Don't you think it would be more"silly" as you say, to pay a bunch of actors to stand around in the rain for hours getting them to do the right moves the director wants, plus pay a crew to go on location to do this? Even if they put a few actors in a wearhouse to film it you would still need to pay for a rain rig and pay for the construction of it, plus food to feed the crew and all the other things that go with filming. Why not sit in front of a computer with a few animators and get what ya
Don't you think it would be more"silly" as you say, to pay a bunch of actors to stand around in the rain for hours getting them to do the right moves the director wants, plus pay a crew to go on location to do this? Even if they put a few actors in a wearhouse to film it you would still need to pay for a rain rig and pay for the construction of it, plus food to feed the crew and all the other things that go with filming. Why not sit in front of a computer with a few animators and get what ya want for half the price?? plus did you see how many umbrellas where in the shot? you would have to do animation anyway to fill it in. I think your silly my friend.
8:31PM on 01/07/2013
@manos - I highly doubt creating this high of quality animation would be cheaper, nevermind half the price. This could be easily done in live action for a cheaper price. There weren't that many umbrellas in the shot at all, and if they needed a wide shot with a ton of umbrellas, well then that is where it makes sense to animate the extras in. You would not need to pay actors, hell I bet the staffers at Pixar would be willing to do this for free or at a low fee. These shorts seem like passion
@manos - I highly doubt creating this high of quality animation would be cheaper, nevermind half the price. This could be easily done in live action for a cheaper price. There weren't that many umbrellas in the shot at all, and if they needed a wide shot with a ton of umbrellas, well then that is where it makes sense to animate the extras in. You would not need to pay actors, hell I bet the staffers at Pixar would be willing to do this for free or at a low fee. These shorts seem like passion projects more than anything. I think you are making it seem way, way more difficult than it would actually be.
9:35PM on 01/07/2013
But why would a team of talented computer animators choose to hold umbrellas for free or a low fee when they could challenge themselves, further develop their skills, and make themselves marketable for future feature length projects? I mean these "shorts" are a kind of a demo reel of what they are capable of doing. Photo-realistic CGI is so hard to create that those that can prove they can accomplish it will have no end of job offers.
But why would a team of talented computer animators choose to hold umbrellas for free or a low fee when they could challenge themselves, further develop their skills, and make themselves marketable for future feature length projects? I mean these "shorts" are a kind of a demo reel of what they are capable of doing. Photo-realistic CGI is so hard to create that those that can prove they can accomplish it will have no end of job offers.
2:18PM on 01/08/2013
@Pirate - well maybe, but I mean a demo reel? They already work at Pixar, they are at the top already. The only place they can go from there is up within the company and they don't need a demo reel at that point to get promoted. I'm not saying it isn't challenging or impressive, it is definitely both, but I just don't think it is worth it. I don't think this is meant to be 'demo reel' material, but rather little passion projects, smaller projects where different employees at Pixar can try new
@Pirate - well maybe, but I mean a demo reel? They already work at Pixar, they are at the top already. The only place they can go from there is up within the company and they don't need a demo reel at that point to get promoted. I'm not saying it isn't challenging or impressive, it is definitely both, but I just don't think it is worth it. I don't think this is meant to be 'demo reel' material, but rather little passion projects, smaller projects where different employees at Pixar can try new jobs out at on a small scale (like directing).
3:10PM on 01/07/2013
Oh I am excited for this
Oh I am excited for this
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