On Tuesday, Disney plans to launch D23, a new official fan club, as well as a stylish quarterly magazine called Twenty-Three (cover pictured), that I'm pretty sure I'm going to be subscribing to.
Over the past several days, there have been reports (some excellent ones at StitchKingdom) of individuals/outlets acquiring issues of Twenty-Three early. Now a trusted source who wishes to remain anonymous tells me that the premiere issue of the magazine (Spring 2009) contains a sidebar with the first ever plot details on Pixar's next theatrical short film Partly Cloudy, that'll be in theatres attached to Up starting May 29.
The tipster reports that Partly Cloudy will elaborate on the age-old story of babies being delivered to their mothers by storks. In the short, clouds are essentially baby factories, where babies are made out of 'fluffy white stuff'. Each cloud has a stork assigned to deliver the babies produced.
Partly Cloudy's protagonist is a cloud named Gus who makes the 'tougher babies' like alligators and porcupines. Peck is Gus' stork who's grown tired of having to deliver all the tough babies and wants to move on to softer ones like kittens and humans. The short's climax is when Gus thinks Peck quit in search of easier deliveries.
In the sidebar, director Peter Sohn describes the film as being about communication. He talks about growing up with parents who only spoke Korean and how often his mother would tell him to do one thing (in broken English) when she meant something completely different. He notes that traditional Disney films like Bambi and Dumbo were one of the few things his family could bond over since they didn’t rely on dialogue as much.
The magazine also contains a still, showcasing Gus and Peck.
So there you have it, folks! This is a genius pairing on the part of Pixar: A short film about babies with a feature about an old guy! How. Excited. Are. You.? Please comment below.