Pixar has finally revealed the short film behind the Rainy City Tales viral site that's been puzzling us since July. It's called The Blue Umbrella and it will be in theatres on June 21 with Monsters University. And, yes, it's going to be awesome.
The Wall Street Journal got the first look at a clip from the six-minute short. Watch—
The WSJ article (behind a paywall, unless you search for it through Google News) reports that Umbrella is the directorial debut of Saschka Unseld, who has worked in Pixar's camera and staging department since 2008.
With the director coming from a technical background, Pixar utilized techniques it hadn't before to achieve the "absolutely photorealistic" appearance of the short, in the words of Pixar creative chief John Lasseter.
So let me reiterate: awesome. The water simulation in The Incredibles looks like claymation now. And there's still five and a half minutes we haven't seen. Can you imagine how good this is going to look in 3-D?
The sneak peak does give away the central storyline, which is close to Disney's Paperman and its boy-meets-girl chance encounter. (Animators just want to get noticed?) But with its eye-popping visuals, this has way more potential for a wider audience.
Now the question that remains is, Why didn't Pixar just call it Rainy City Tale?