While Pixar's feature-length movies attract the global marketing budget, fans have come to know, love and applaud the short movies that come before each.
The Blue Umbrella - shown before Monsters University - is no exception, yet it's unlike any Pixar short you would have ever seen before.
With photo-realistic animation, and a stunning score (from Jon Brion, no less), it's guaranteed to stun audiences and scoop a host of awards.
We sat down with the director and creator Saschka Unseld to discuss his route to directing (he started off in Pixar's Storytelling department), and what moviegoers can expect.
Monsters University (with The Blue Umbrella playing before it) is out in UK cinemas 12 July 2013.