Top 10 Iconic Umbrella Moments in Film and TV History

May 2023

Iconic Umbrellas Throughout Film and TV

Umbrellas are not only practical accessories for shielding against the rain; they have also become iconic props in film and television, adding depth, style, and even symbolism to various scenes. From magical adventures to poignant moments, let’s explore the top 10 iconic umbrella moments that have left a lasting impact on audiences worldwide.

Mary Poppins umbrella. Image source: The Digital

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Gene Kelly’s absolutely iconic dance sequence in “Singin’ in the Rain” is a joyous celebration of love and happiness, not even the rain can bring him down. The umbrella remains to be an iconic piece throughout the film and becomes more of a prop than an umbrella.

Mary Poppins (1964)

In the incredible world of “Mary Poppins,” the titular character uses her magical umbrella to take flight. The iconic image of Mary Poppins descending from the sky, umbrella in hand, has become an emblem of imagination and childhood wonder, leaving audiences captivated and inspired for generations and for many more to come.

Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

In the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Hagrid makes his first appearance on Harry’s birthday holding his, seemingly ordinary, pink umbrella. Though, seemingly ordinary, the umbrella conceals Hagrid’s wand, reflecting his gentle nature and unexpected power. This umbrella symbolizes the strength and surprises that can be found in the most unassuming places.

Hagrid’s umbrella in the tremendous Harry Potter Series. Image source: Amino

How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)

Throughout the TV series “How I Met Your Mother,” the yellow umbrella serves as a recurring symbol and narrative thread. From Ted’s quest for true love to the ultimate reveal of the Mother, the iconic umbrella represents hope, fate, and the interconnectedness of the characters’ lives.

Scene from How I Met Your Mother the TV show. Image source:

Batman Returns (1992)

In Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns,” the Penguin (played by Danny DeVito) wields an umbrella as a signature weapon. From firing bullets to deploying hidden gadgets, this iconic umbrella becomes a lethal and distinctive tool, accentuating the Penguin’s sinister persona.

Batman Returns (1992) Image source:

Spirited Away (2001)

In the enchanting world of “Spirited Away,” umbrellas play a whimsical and significant role. As the young protagonist Chihiro navigates the spirit realm, she encounters an array of umbrellas that come to life. These animated umbrellas move gracefully, with vibrant colors and expressive faces, adding an extra touch of magic to the fantastical world created by Studio Ghibli. The umbrellas in “Spirited Away” not only provide shelter from the rain but also embody the imaginative and fantastical nature of the film, further immersing the audience into a world filled with wonder and enchantment.

The Umbrella Academy (2019-present)

In this popular Netflix series, the umbrella takes on a central role as each member of the dysfunctional superhero family, collectively known as The Umbrella Academy, carries their own unique umbrella. These umbrellas not only serve as individual symbols but also represent the unity and shared history of the characters.

Umbrellas have played prominent roles in film and television, transcending their practical function to become powerful symbols, sources of joy, and even weapons. From Gene Kelly’s iconic umbrella dance in “Singin’ in the Rain” to the magical flights of Mary Poppins, these top 10 umbrella moments have left a lasting impression on audiences, showcasing the creativity and symbolism that can be found in even the simplest of objects. Whether through dance, flight, or wielding hidden gadgets, these umbrella moments have become cherished moments in cinematic and television history, proving that umbrellas are not just rainy day accessories but icons of storytelling and imagination.

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