Review: ‘The Blue Umbrella’ Soundtrack

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Yesterday, I went to pre-order the score for The Blue Umbrella, but instead of pre-ordering it, the soundtrack automatically started downloading.

I reported this to Pixar, but got no response in terms if they received my message.

The soundtrack is only $1.99 and contains 2 tracks. The first is the score with vocals from Sarah Jaffe, and the second is the score without the vocals.

The soundtrack is one I’ve listened to non-stop since I purchased it, and even found myself singing along to the vocals. The music is what made me so interested in the short. I hope they release the scores of the past shorts one of these days and the scores of the future shorts as well.

So, What are you waiting on? Go buy the soundtrack!!!

Hidden Gems In ‘Monsters University’ Revealed!

Fans of Disney*Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: WALL•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo Jr. ball can be seen in the girl’s bedroom as Carl Fredricksen’s house flies by her window. Disney*Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY features a few such gems, three of which are revealed here:

A113 – The School of Scaring classroom number is A113, which refers to the former classroom of John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton at CalArts. The number makes an appearance in every Pixar feature film.
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Pizza Planet – The Pizza Planet truck is in the driveway of the JOX fraternity house when Mike is riding Archie the Scare Pig down Greek Row. The Pizza Planet truck, which first made an appearance in “Toy Story,” has made a cameo in nearly every Pixar feature film.
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Luxo – The Pixar Luxo ball is in graffiti on the wall behind Claire Wheeler and Brock Pearson during their introduction to the Scare Games’ first challenge. Pixar Animation Studio’s groundbreaking short film “Luxo Jr.” was the first computer animated short film released by Pixar during its first year as a studio in 1986.

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Follow Monsters University on Twitter: http://twitter.com/monstersu

Tweet the official hashtag: #MonstersU

Visit the website: http://www.Disney.com/MonstersU

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is in theaters now!

Lost From Soundtrack, But Now FOUND: Music Used In MU

About every review I read about the Monsters University soundtrack gave the soundtrack a good review, but all of them had the same CON. That negative comment was that the music featured in the montage at the end of the film (and in a few of the trailers) was missing from the soundtrack. Well, you can complain no more, because that music has now been found. Derrick from the Pixar Podcast posted on the podcast’s Facebook page earlier today that one of his listeners had found it.

The music is actually from the amazing Portland band called MarchFourth Marching Band! It’s called “Gospel.” A video with the song is embedded below:

Derrick and I share something in common. If you listen to the podcast, you probably know that he loves music, especially the score. I, too, absolutely love scores. I honestly think I’m the only one around who has an iTunes library that is mostly made up of film scores.

If you haven’t made it out to see MU, What are you waiting on? Are you scared (Tell me honestly!)?

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REVIEW: The Blue Umbrella Pours Down Water Full Of Emotion

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Pixar poured us yet another short film. Not only is this my favorite Pixar short so far, “The Blue Umbrella” is the most realistic animation I’ve ever seen. Set in a busy street in the rain, the short follows the relationship between two umbrellas- one blue and one red umbrella. The music, from composer Jon Brion, makes the emotion pour out. I love how inanimate objects such as the gutters, drains, and more, come to life. This short truly captures the emotion standpoint that I appeal to. Congrats to director Saschka Unseld, producer Marc Greenberg, composer Jon Brion, and the rest of the crew on creating such a wonderful short!

REVIEW: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY IS A ROARR-IFIC, SCARETASTIC & EYE-MAZING FILM

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Pixar exceeded the height of the bar set yet again. Monsters University, which has snuck in and began scaring humans, is my favorite Pixar film (although that’s what I say at every new film I see!). The animation & lighting is breathtaking, and the new characters just add to that. Now let me first tell you that this review is spoiler-free. This was the first movie since probably Up, in which I have not known how the movie will end. With that being the case, the plot and story made the experience at the maximum level.

Now for the Easter eggs. All regular Easter eggs can be found in the film, but the hardest to find is the Pizza Planet truck (TRUST ME, DON’T BLINK).

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NOT A TRAILER FOR “THE GOOD DINOSAUR” ATTACHED TO MONSTERS U. I tried to contact Pixar for a reason, but no response has been given.

ALSO, STAY ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE TRAILERS!!! THERE IS A SURPRISE AT THE END FOR THOSE WHO DO!!!

As we get into the coming weeks, I will have a more in depth review of MU, but for now: PUT YOUR GENIUS HAT/GLASSES ON AND GO SEE MONSTERS UNIVERSITY.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY IS NOW ENROLLING IN A THEATER NEAR YOU.