Pixar’s ‘Blue Umbrella’ to Debut at SXSW

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Pixar’s latest animated short The Blue Umbrella, which debuted this month at the Berlin Festival, will make its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival (March 8-16) in Austin. Directed by Saschka Unseld, the short is slated to play in theaters with Monsters University beginning June 21, 2013.

The official synopsis is as follows:

“It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.”

Here is the list of the other animated projects that will unspool at South by Southwest in March:

Cicada Princess
Director: Mauricio Baiocchi
Cicadas spend a long time planning…

The Event (USA/UK)
Director: Julia Pott
Love and a severed foot, at the end of the world.

The Gold Sparrow
Director: Daniel Stessen
In a black and white world artists must defend their color.

In Hanford
Director: Chris Mars
In Hanford is artist Chris Mars’s fantastic exploration of real incidents in Hanford, Washington, where the local environment was poisoned as a result of cold war era nuclear arms manufacture.

Kishi Bashi – “I Am The Antichrist To You”
Director: Kishi Bashi
A surreal stop motion collaboration between avante-pop/violinist Kishi Bashi and acclaimed animator Anthony Scott (Coraline, Paranorman). An abandoned puppy awakes in a post-apocalyptic world with vivid memories of his love and all that he lost.

Marcel, King of Tervuren
Director: Tom Schroeder
Greek tragedy enacted by Belgian roosters.

Oh Willy… (Belgium/France/ Netherlands/Luxembourg)
Directors: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels
Forced to return to his naturist roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery.

Old Man
Director: Leah Shore
For more than 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate directly with the outside world. Until Now.

The Places Where We Lived
Director: Bernardo Britto
A man wakes up with a weird feeling. His parents are selling his childhood home.

Shelved (New Zealand)
Director: James Cunningham
Two loser robots discover they are being replaced… by humans

For the complete SXSW Film Lineup, visit www.sxsw.com/film/screenings/film-lineup.

The Blue Umbrella

The Blue Umbrella