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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 of them 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. Is nepotism allowed at the studio? If so, some of those production babies may soon be having production babies of their own. Finally, every Pixar feature has been preceded by a Pixar short.
The one problem with Pixar features being so consistently good is that people overlook how consistently good the Pixar shorts have been. The latest is “The Blue Umbrella.”