The Blue Umbrella ★★★

A stunning visual treat, and a tribute to the advances of visual effects able to achieve photorealism. But also a complete cop-out in terms of character realization, with many of the characters in this short ingeniously realized while our protagonist and "his" love interest lack the same ingenuity.

In the end, it's a pretty obvious and fairly straight-forward storyline but its wonderful sentiment and heart-warming charm is ultimately what keeps it afloat.

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