The Lost Thing
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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Having guessed it is lost, he tries to find its owner or where it belongs, but is met with mute indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this interruption to their daily lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a 'place' for it. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards,
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This film is Tan's 'The Lost Thing' come to life, a cg animated interpretation that is identical in look to the book. It's so good it won an Oscar for animated short film in 2011, so don't take my word for it.
The story is about a bored bottle top collector who finds an strange and alien 'lost thing' at the beach one day and tries to help it find somewhere it can belong.
A story of suburban alienation and the stifling of wonder. It's narrated by Australian Tim Minchin (it appears to be set, like much of Tan's work in suburban Australia).As I said in above, this is beautiful ,poignant, dreamlike and melancholic, ideal for children of all ages.
It is short and there are some interesting interviews and making of features included on the dvd making the total running time 60 mins. Also included in the version I had is the 'What miscellaneous abnormality is that?'book, a field guide to the various lost things seen in the film.
This is a fine little package, the animation by Passion pictures (Australia) is in keeping with the style of the book, it's not fast and action packed, allowing the story to unfold in measured little moments of wonder.
If you do like it, check out Tan's amazing books, I recommend 'The Arrival'.
Having been to 3 Tim Minchin concerts - I knew I had to get this for my Fiancee, as we both love artistic, animated and clever films. We both enjoyed it immensely. It's sad it's so short - but if it were any longer it would surely only water down the magic atmosphere that the film creates.
I really wish it were easier to get hold of in the UK, as no one seems to have heard of it.
It really is a delight.
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