It was pretty cool to see Disney’s short film Paperman play before Wreck-It-Ralph over the summer. Now Pixar will do the same with The Blue Umbrella, which will open for Monsters University. The Wall St. Journal obtained an exclusive clip of the short, which was conceived and directed by one of Pixar’s technical artists. Monsters University is set to open wide on June 21.
Lucasfilm settled civil charges that were brought against the company and rival Pixar Animation by the U.S. Justice Department for stifling competition for digital animation workers. Pixar had already settled its end of the situation in September, one of six companies in the technology sector to do so. Lucasfilm and Pixar developed a system where they agreed not to approach employees of the rival company. They contacted each other when they were planning to make an offer and would not bidding against one another. This was an effective way to hold down salaries, but it was done at the expense of the digital animators and is illegal.