"Posts have been providing voices—often humorous—to inanimate objects found within a city, such as a broken umbrella, an emergency door handle, and base of a fire hydrant," the site reported. Also, "city rain seems to be a common focus of the blog."
So where does Pixar come into the picture? The clues are everywhere.
- One image shows a whiteboard with technical writing that discusses 'stealing MU rigging system' and Pizza Planet. Monsters University, anyone?
- On May 4, Pixar's Emeryville studio was evacuated due to a nearby hydrogen fuel leak. A post from the same day states, "Who would have thought snow days happen even in California. Well, if you think of hydrogen as California’s snow."
- Rainy City Tales 332 is also on Twitter, where they follow—and are followed by—several Pixarians, including one in the Worldwide Publicity department, which takes the lead in marketing the shorts.
- A post from February has a photo of a fire hydrant named "Horst". Said hydrant bears a striking resemblance to the sous-chef of the same name in Ratatouille.
- Another entry mentions a "Mr. M.G." and "Jonas", suggesting Michael Giacchino as composer and Jonas Rivera as producer.
Interestingly, the Tumblr names the photography of Saul Leiter as the major 'inspiration' for the look and style of the short. Leiter is known in the art community for his New York City street photography.
A reference to not wanting to be eclipsed by Comic-Con in a post from yesterday points to the short being revealed next week, after the convention wraps. It may end up being this decade's Red's Dream.
Update: A video just posted shows an animator's workspace decorated mostly with Pixar movie posters and one for Aardman's Chicken Run! What?!
(Updated 11:24 PM)