Episode 022 of the Pixar Post Podcast – The Blue Umbrella’s Oscar Omission & Craig Good’s Sage Advice

The Blue Umbrella real umbrella

In episode 022 of the Pixar Post Podcast we discuss:


  • We discuss the omission of The Blue Umbrella from the Animated Shorts nomination category of the 2014 Academy Awards.
  • We provide our candid reactions to the news and compare The Blue Umbrella to the remaining ten short films.
  • Additionally, we read comments from our readers with their reactions to the news as well.


  • We also follow up on an earlier discussion in Episode 021 where we interviewed Toy Story of Terror, Supervising Animator, Michal Makarewicz. During the interview, Michal answered one of our reader’s questions and elaborated on the animation dailies. 
  • Thanks to our reader and friend, Jeff from This Day in Pixar, he noted that Craig Good (longtime Pixarian) had started a blog and specifically mentioned the animation dailies as well.
  • We dig into Craig’s article and pull out some great advice for people looking to enter animation – or any other field frankly…it’s about making the work better, not taking feedback personally.
  • We then wrap up with an open discussion about our own personal experience taking feedback too personally and explaining how the turned out in the end.

Have you experienced a moment of frustration when you received feedback that you weren’t hoping for or expecting on your project? How did you rally? Did you find the work to be better in the long run? Let us know in the comments below or join in the conversation on the Pixar Post Forum.

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Comments 7
  1. Ha! Well, I'm glad to hear that my calm and collected response was well received…I must be growing up! 🙂 Yeah, we were going to give you a heads up about the mention this morning but you beat us to it! 🙂 No doubt about Craig's blog…he already provides a ton of great info and insight on Quora, so I can't wait to see what posts on his site are next.

  2. From a non-artistic person, I thought the blue umbrella was good, but not my favorite. No doubt it was creative with the simple items like rain drops, signs, noises, but it didn't grab my heart.

  3. Great podcast as usual guys! You handled The Blue Umbrella piece well, much more cool and collected than my original response. 🙂 Also, thanks for the mention! I'm excited about Craig's blog – just from the first couple of posts I think he's going to have some great and insightful stories.

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