Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Consider: The Blue Umbrella for Best Animated Short Film


I forgot about this film when I made my first half of the year list, but it's one of my favorites of 2013. It outshines Monsters University (the Oscar contender that it precedes), and it makes Pixar a winner, after a couple of feature films that failed to live up to the standard of previous releases. This simple short film manages to convey a touching romance between two umbrellas, displaying an intimate creativity that Pixar hasn't achieved in a feature this decade. It's so refreshing and so wonderful.


Seeing Monsters University for this short alone would be worth the price of admission. Now, I realize this animated short has a great shot at being nominated for an Oscar, so I'll campaign for a win instead. Unless a surprise entry emerges, it deserves to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. If I don't see a better animated feature, I might even give it a fraudulent win in that category. It's too good to be missed.

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  1. Yep, absolutely. I would totally watch Monsters Uni again just for this.

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    1. Me too. It's a brilliant little movie.

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    1. Nice. Glad to see more love for it.

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  3. Haven't seen The Blue Umbrella yet, I'll add to my list, glad you liked it!

    If you've watched a bunch of short films, you might want to contribute a top 10 to the letterboxd poll:
    http://letterboxd.com/ohhimark/list/letterboxd-poll-85799842-top-50-short-films/

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    1. Hope you like it. It's the best Pixar film I've seen since Up.

      Thanks for the heads-up, Chris! I think I can make a decent top 10 list. :)

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  4. Oooh I adore this one. Pixar is ace when it comes to crafting an engaging story out of something so ordinary. I love La Luna too from last year. Yes, let's hope this would be in the running come Oscar time!

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    1. I enjoyed La Luna, but this was on another level for me. Bring on the Oscar!

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