In my opinion, this is one of the best short films from 2013 and people should definitely watch it. The only good point is that no human faces are shown, even though the film is actually related to the owners of the umbrellas. I think it is very artistic the way a story is told with just imagery and facial expressions This animated short also includes a pleasant musical score. Our hero, the title character, meets a red umbrella and it's love at first sight. It's Lady and The Tramp. With a classical touch and beautiful musical score, this short deserves to win an Oscar.
Like all Pixar shorts, it is highly accomplished, very entertaining, and completely distinctive. But in this sea of crammed and almost identical black canopies, one red and one blue umbrella set a strikingly refreshing contrast, and, who knows, maybe the stage for a beautiful and heart-warming love story. Holy cow, just looking at the almost unanimously glowing reviews here you would think that The Blue Umbrella was a work of both pure genius and originality, revolutionary in terms of storytelling and in technical execution. Of course, I know the truth. I cannot quite believe that a film that is only seven minutes can still be far too long. The plot quickly becomes unveiled as an unknown man's blue umbrella catches sight and is smitten with an unknown woman's red umbrella amidst the multitude of black umbrellas.
Unfortunately, it's slightly awkward to watch in a theater, as it comes before Monsters University, and it makes me feel as though some people may have walked into the wrong movie. So I find 'The Blue Umbrella' delightful. And very well may go down in history as one of Pixar's best short subjects. Amidst a sea of black umbrellas, a blue umbrella falls for a red umbrella and risks everything to be with her. But it's a nice and lovable film on it's own merit. I'm not sure how much kids are going to enjoy this one but parents should be fascinated by the animation and the style, which really looks like some avant garde stuff from the 1920s. It reminds me of old musicals from the 50's.
There are yellow taxicabs, street construction, and underground trains. Its not just about to umbrellas here, but about two people - the owners of these umbrellas - who meet for the first time, after the blue umbrella chases after it's or rather his lady love, using the wind to move. All these objects come to life during a rain storm. Other times it is just plain boring. I'm also rather surprised that no-one has mentioned just how weird it is to see umbrellas—inanimate objects with zero control over where they go—fall in love; it's a bizarre concept that just doesn't work for me and one that raises too many questions in my mind about how they might take their relationship to the next level.
I also liked how the first raindrops moved in time with the quirky yet harmonious music and the clever ending where the owners of the blue and red umbrellas are sitting outside a café called La Parapluie French for umbrella. He worked on several high-profile Pixar films already and I hope he gets to make his own at some point. And then you notice the slow introduction of music in the very sounds of the city coming alive during a sudden rainstorm. It's not Pixar at its best; for that you'll need to catch 'Geri's Game', 'Knicks Knack', 'Lifted', 'For The Birds' and ''Presto'. That is not to say though that The Blue Umbrella isn't without funny moments, there are some but done subtly and gently without being in-your-face. I was honestly thoroughly bored by the lack of things happening most of the time.
I will note that in my opinion, the storytellers worked very hard to prevent any decision of male or female for their humans. The visuals are breathtaking and the music by Jon Brion is very moving. Its not Pixar's best short,but anyone who's a fan of their previous shorts will definitely appreciate this. Really, I can only repeat myself again. In fact, it's so well done it makes you wonder just how much longer it will be until they create films where you simply cannot tell it's not filmed live and with real live actors! There were times when we see a large number of umbrellas from the top that you'll actually think you're looking at something real and not just a piece of animation. My favorite part of seeing Disney and Pixar films in the theater is getting to see the animated shorts that often precede them. I am positive he has the talent.
Overall, beautiful and heartfelt, not one of the best Pixar short films but it didn't need to be to be good. It accompanies Monsters University wonderfully, one of those cases where the short film and the feature are about equal in rating and quality and not a case of the short film being better or the feature being so. And I love more to see their ideas put into practice. It's a fun and beautiful animated short from Pixar. Maybe not one of Pixar's absolute best short films in the same way Geri's Game, One Man Band, Presto and Knick-Knack are, but that can be ignored because The Blue Umbrella doesn't disappoint at all.
. Have you ever even seen rain boots with heels? This is especially true at the very beginning. And of course it is very charming too, from the very start right through the ending. On a rainy city street, a blue umbrella catches the eye of a cute, red dolly-brolly. The animation is gorgeous and the soundtrack is fittingly charming. Still he is lucky and his owner finds him again quickly and there are more positive surprises coming. But how do they find each other amongst the crowds? This simple story is about two umbrellas who meet in the city one rainy night.
Then he is picked up, perhaps by his original owner, perhaps by someone else, it doesn't really matter. I love to see open-minded people that have crazy ideas. There is no dialogue in this animated short only facial expressions. Simply beautiful is its mood and execution. It's pouring with rain in the bustling city during rush hour and the wet citizens crowd on the pavement, holding tightly their umbrellas.