The Blue Umbrella (2013 film)
|The Blue Umbrella|
Poster for the film's premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival
|Directed by||Saschka Unseld|
|Produced by||Marc Greenberg|
|Screenplay by||Saschka Unseld|
|Music by||Jon Brion|
|Editing by||Jason Hudak|
|Studio||Pixar Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Running time||7 minutes|
The Blue Umbrella is a 2013 Pixar computer-animated short film that was released alongside Monsters University. The short is directed by Saschka Unseld of Pixar's technical department. The short featured new techniques in photorealistic lighting, shading, and compositing.
A city scene is brought to life by a rainstorm. Many objects along the street – signs, lights, awnings, mailboxes, buildings, drains, drain pipes, rain gutters, windows – appear to come to life and develop faces and expressions of their own, enjoying the shower. People pass on the street under their umbrellas, all of which are seemly black, except for a singular blue umbrella. As his owner stops at a street corner, the blue umbrella sees a pretty red umbrella next to him. The two exchange nervous glances, and soon become smitten with each other, but their owners' paths diverge.
Seeing this, the objects along the street begin to work with each other to bring them together. As the blue umbrella is about to be taken into the subway, a sign allows the wind to blow the umbrella from his owner's hands. The umbrella is floating through the air toward his destination when a sudden gust of wind veers him off course and he lands in the street. With the umbrella in danger from the traffic, the objects attempt to protect him from incoming cars: a construction sign lights up to redirect an oncoming vehicle, a gurgling drain pipe spews water to push him out of the way, another construction sign falls on him to fling him away from another car, and a drain blasts him into the air, but he is hit by a truck, visibly upsetting the objects that have tried to help him.
Battered and bruised, the umbrella is found by his owner who straightens him out just as the owner of the red umbrella approaches, reuniting the two of them. The objects of the city silently celebrate their reunion as the umbrellas' owners sit down together at a local cafe, allowing the two umbrellas to be together after all.
Unseld said he conceptualized the story after finding an abandoned umbrella one day in San Francisco. As inspiration, Unseld and his colleagues took photographs of inanimate objects found in city streets throughout New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Paris. Unseld has described the short as "a love declaration to the rain".
Many of the shots use artificial pareidolia to cause faces to be seen in various inanimate objects.
The Blue Umbrella premiered on February 12, 2013, at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The short received a wide release on June 21, 2013 in front of Pixar's feature Monsters University. It is included on the Monsters University DVD and Blu-ray.
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