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!!!

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!

“Partysaurus Overflow” Overflows the Eardrums, Dance Floor

Yesterday, Au5 (Austin Collins) and artist BT (Brian Transeau) released the hit single from Toy Story Toon: Partysaurus Rex, titled Partysaurus Overflow. It is available on both Amazon and iTunes.

Ever since I purchased the song yesterday evening, I have been listening to the track non-stop. The beat 30 seconds into the song is really good, and other great beats can be found at 2:00 and 2:59.

I encourage any Pixar music lovers to buy this. It is a must-listen piece.

“Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2” To Feature 12 Disney•Pixar Unforgettable Short Films Together in One Collection


Premiering on Blu-ray and Digital For the Very First Time — November 13, 2012
Also Includes 7 Rarely Seen Student Films from Directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter

Synopsis: From Disney•Pixar, the Award-winning studio behind ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Up’ and ‘WALL•E,’ comes a new collection of short films. Experience the revolutionary animation and unforgettable characters with 12 short films together for the very first time. This must-own collection also features seven rarely screened student films from directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on November 13, “Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 2” will delight audiences of all ages.

Release Date: November 13, 2012

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack: $39.99 US / $46.99 Canada
1-Disc DVD: $29.99 US / $35.99 Canada
High Definition & Standard Definition Digital: consumers should contact their preferred digital retailer for information and pricing

Rating: Collection Rated PG. Bonus material not rated

Run Time: Approximately 65 minutes

Short Films:

BURN•E – BURN•E is a dedicated, hard working robot that finds himself locked out of his ship and quickly learns that completing a simple task can often be a difficult endeavor. Based on characters from ‘WALL•E.’ (Directed by: Angus MacLane)

Dug’s Special Mission – In this funny short based on the character from ‘Up,’ Dug is sent on a foolish mission by Alpha, Beta and Gamma so that they can hunt for the Bird of Paradise Falls by themselves. Soon Dug discovers that where he belongs is not where he’s been looking. (Directed by: Ronnie del Carmen)

George & AJ – Inspired by Carl’s escape, senior citizens around the city unite to make their own “escapes,” much to the chagrin of George and A.J., in this short that features characters from ‘Up.’ (Directed by: Josh Cooley)

Air Mater – In this hilarious short, Mater decides he wants to learn how to fly and is accidently recruited by an elite group of formation flyers, the Falcon Hawks. (Directed by: Rob Gibbs)

Time Travel Mater – When a clock lands on Mater’s engine, he travels back in time to 1910 where he meets Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs. (Directed by: Rob Gibbs)

Your Friend The Rat – ‘Ratatouille’s’ Remy and his brother Emile guide fans through world history from a rat’s perspective. (Directed by: Jim Capobianco)

Partly Cloudy – This humorous short features baby-delivering storks who receive their special packages high in the stratosphere, from clouds who sculpt babies and bring them to life. (Directed by: Peter Sohn)

Presto – When Presto, a great turn-of-the-century magician, neglects to feed his rabbit one too many times, the magician finds he isn’t the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve. (Directed by: Doug Sweetland)

Day & Night – This short follows Day, a sunny fellow, who encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly dark moods. As their suspicions turn to curiosity, they are delighted to find that this budding friendship can offer a new perspective on the world. (Directed by: Teddy Newton)

Hawaiian Vacation – Fans will love this “Toy Story Toon,” as Woody and Buzz lead a group of toys in giving Ken and Barbie the Hawaiian vacation of their dreams – without ever leaving home. (Directed by: Gary Rydstrom)

Small Fry – Fans’ favorite team of toys is back in this clever “Toy Story Toon.” Buzz Lightyear is left behind at a fast food restaurant where he finds himself in a support group for discarded toys. As Woody and the gang devise a way to rescue their friend, Buzz tries to escape the toy psychotherapy meeting. (Directed by: Angus MacLane)

La Luna – The timeless fable of a young boy coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances, in which he discovers his Papa’s and Grandpa’s unusual line of work. (Directed by: Enrico Casarosa)
Bonus Features: Seven rarely seen student films from renowned directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter, including:

  • Nitemare
  • The Lady & The Lamp
  • Somewhere in the Arctic
  • A Story
  • Winter
  • Palm Springs
  • Next Door

Technical Specifications

Blu-ray: Audio: English, 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 7.1 Dolby True HD, English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, English 5.1 Dolby True HD, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital EX, French 5.1 Dolby Digital EX • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

DVD: Audio: English, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital • Subtitles: English, Spanish

Aspect Ratios: Your Friend the Rat – 16×9/1:78 • BURN•E – 16×9/2:39 • Dug’s Special Mission – 16×9/1:78 • Partly Cloudy – 16×9/1:78 • Day & Night – 16×9/1:78 • Hawaiian Vacation – 16×9/1:78 • Small Fry – 16×9/1:78 • Air Mater – 16×9/1:78 • Time Travel Mater – 16×9/1:78 • George & AJ – 16×9/1:85 • Presto – 16×9/2:39 • La Luna – 16×9/2:39

Audio: Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French Dolby Digital EX

DVD: English, French Dolby Digital 5.1

Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray: English, French and Spanish Motion 2D

DVD: English SDH, French and Spanish

©2012 Disney