The Lost Thing (2010)
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Critic Reviews for The Lost Thing
This touching and quirky Australian short is about the things that just don't fit. The imagination and animation, especially in the finale, are dazzling.
Audience Reviews for The Lost Thing
The animation isn't quite faultless but the book is perfectly transposed and makes an outstanding short- wry, quirky, moving: a wise suburban fable.
"The Lost Thing" is a cute story with a children's book feel to it and a simple message: Everybody and everything has a place in this world, but we should help each other to find their place. Unique animation and good narration, I just wish that I was longer.
This was my favorite of the Oscar nominated animated shorts. Our narrator leads us through an urban Australian wasteland of sorts with busy people in their own worlds and signs all over barking orders. Our narrator is a teen who collects bottle caps. His life changes when he sees what could be a giant metal cookie jar with portals and hatches around it through which octopus like tentacles or crustacean like claws can protrude or retract. It is a strange mix of mechanics and flesh. It acts like a lost puppy. The teen can't call it anything but a "Lost Thing." Can he find a place for this lost thing? Very creative and dreamlike as we see what happens at the teen's home, at a bureaucratic office, and when they follow a mysterious sign. The CGI had a unique textured look that I thought was really delightful.