'The Blue Umbrella's' Sarah Jaffe: What's on her iPod, her DVR and her mind

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Sarah Jaffe is that uber cool, ultra-talented chick who doesn't seem to know how uber cool and ultra-talented she is. 

In between tweeting random spurts of dry comedic genius and playing tunes from her latest album "The Body Wins" on tour with Why?, Jaffe donates her hauntingly emotive vocals to Disney-Pixar's "The Blue Umbrella" -- the animated short making its rounds on the film festival circuit and preceding  "Monsters University" in theaters.

"The Blue Umbrella" director, Saschka Unseld, says Jaffe's music, in a way, inspired the short itself. Unseld came across the 27-year-old artist quite by accident when she opened for another performer in San Francisco. The animator says he was an instant fan. "I was listening to her music a lot when I was walking through the city," says Unsfeld of Jaffe. "And at one point I saw all these faces in city buildings and objects." He says his initial plan was to make a music video wherein the city comes to life through Sarah's music, but the animation test became attached to his "Blue Umbrella" story pitch at Pixar Animation Studios. 

"Since then, the voice of Sarah Jaffe was in everyone's ear [at Pixar], and everyone liked the intimacy she gave," Unseld says. He teamed with Jon Brion to compose the music for Jaffe on "The Blue Umbrella" soundtrack, and the rest was history. Unseld calls Jaffe's impact on the film "massive," and when you see it, you'll have no choice but to agree.

Because we wanted to know more about this exceptional artist,  Zap2it asked Sarah to give us a quick peek inside her iPod, her television screen and her mind by answering our "Survey Says" questions:  

Zap2it: If you could be any Disney character who would you be, and why?
Sarah Jaffe: Aladdin maybe? I'd like a magic lamp. That'd be nice. And a flying carpet. 

What's a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
"Me and My Arrow" by Harry Nilsson

Put your iTunes/Spotify on Shuffle. What are the first 5 songs that pop up?
"Phone Call," Bosque Brown
"Hold Still," Grizzly Bear 
"Solid States," Centro-Matic 
"Oh! You Pretty Things," David Bowie 
"Ritual Union," Little Dragon 

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?
I always thought it'd be cool to be a radio host. And when all else fails, I'm a great bartender. I also watch cable professionally.
 
What super power would you like to have?
Time travel 

Vine or Instagram (and why)? 
I'm into vine right now. I love the idea of an 6 second action on loop. It allows for more creativity. 

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones (and why)?
The Beatles. Just because. 

What movie have you watched more times than any other?
"Dennis The Menace"

What are your must-watch TV shows?
I was really into "Breaking Bad," then "Mad Men," then "Girls." And now I like to go back and watch "The Wonder Years."

What's the last big-ticket item you purchased?
My Gibson Firebird.

And there you have it. Now some words of advice: Run -- don't walk -- to check out Sarah's live show when she comes to a city near you. In the meantime, "The Blue Umbrella" and "Monsters University" hit theaters together June 21.

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Photo/Video credit: Getty Images, Disney-Pixar
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