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Short Film Review: Pixar's The Blue Umbrella

Screen Slam

Not one of Pixar's better shorts, although we will be forever grateful to Pixar for the tradition. Like the previous shorts, there are no words – just a musical score and the occassional sound effects. But the best part is still the animation, which Pixar does better than anybody else in the industry.

Looks like Japanese umbrellas.

Character design isn't really exceptional, as the inanimate objects still look inanimate despite the eyes and mouths. The beauty, however, lies in the rendering. The wet sheen under night lights looks so realistic, you'd think they just animated the umbrellas over live-action footage. Which, of course, they didn't.

No yellow umbrella. That's from How I Met Your Mother.

You also might want to read the review for this short's accompanying main feature and find out the Three Dangerous Life Lessons Monsters University Teaches Kids.

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