It’s been nearly 20 years since Pixar released “Toy Story.” Every feature from the studio has had three things in common. The first is quality. All have been good (yes, even “Cars”), and many have been phenomenally good. The second is the most charming closing-credit category in screen history: production babies. Finally, every Pixar feature has arrived accompanied by a Pixar short.
The one problem with Pixar features being so consistently good is that people overlook the consistent goodness of Pixar shorts. The latest is “The Blue Umbrella,” which arrived Friday with its big animated brother “Monsters University.”