MOVIES: The Blue Umbrella – a sweet Disney Pixar Short #MonstersUEvent Ad

I attended Monsters University which included a screening of “The Blue Umbrella” as a guest of Disney • Pixar; however, all opinions are my own. 

Disney Pixar The Blue Umbrella Short #monstersUEvent

Saschka Unseld – Director of The Blue Umbrella – Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar – Used with Permission

Finding your true love isn’t always easy and sometimes she appears right in front of you only to be lost in an instant. That’s the premise of “The Blue Umbrella,” a sweet short film directed by Saschka Unseld. The film, while completely animated, looks and feels like a live-action movie.

I had the chance to speak with Unseld about the animation process. He remarked that the look and feel of the short was made possible by advances in technology. In fact, he noted that new technology is quite often used first on short films. That’s because it’s easier to test it out without jeopardizing the production schedule of a feature film should the programming not work as expected.

Unseld also shared that this short was inspired by a photograph he took of a discarded umbrella. He wondered what the umbrella’s story was. He ruminated on what it might have encountered and been a part of before it was tossed aside. He also named all of the objects in the film, though only for his own use and for aid in production; however, as he shared the names he’d given them, it was obvious he’d grown to love the objects as if they were characters themselves.

Though not named in the story, which true to many Pixar shorts has no dialog, the city it takes place in is New York. It’s a city Unseld loves and one he made two trips to in order to replicate the buildings, shapes, and colors.

Pixar Short “The Blue Umbrella” Clip

The story is sweet, universal, and well told. The animation is stunning. There’s just nothing not to love about this new short which plays before Monsters University in theatres on June 21st.

Check out Unseld’s amazing art on his website, or follow him on Twitter

Author: Connie Ott

A mom and wife, Connie blogs about entertainment, travel, living green, products, technology, DIY home remodeling and decor, and more. She's a vegetarian and animal lover and lives in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA. Find out more about Connie and all the bloggers here at Baby to Boomer Lifestyle on our About Us page.

Share This Post On


  1. Oh this looks so adorable! I love the Pixar shorts; they are always so creative!!

    Post a Reply
    • This one is so sweet! I really loved it.

    • I loved this one as much as La Luna – both are simply amazing.

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Thank you so much for sharing! Sites like ours depend on readers telling others about us! Please subscribe if you haven't already. We love our subscribers! Summaries delivered daily to your inbox by FeedBurner only when new content is added. Or subscribe to Baby to Boomer Lifestyle in your favorite reader.

Baby to Boomer Lifestyle

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

More in Movies
Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful
Oz the Great and Powerful Available on Disney Home Video

Dan Scanlon - Director Monsters University - Photo Credit: Disney/Pixar - Used with Permission
Scanlon on Monsters University Scare Factor and Story

Printables: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s The Wizard Of Dizz

Kori Rae Pixar Monsters University Producer - Photo Credit: PIXAR (used with permission)
Movies: Kori Rae – MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Producer #MonstersUEvent

Katniss Poster Thumbnail
Hunger Games: Catching Fire Poster Released

Safe Haven Movie
Movies: SAFE HAVEN on DVD and Blu-Ray