The Lost Thing (2010)





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A boy finds a strange creature on a beach, and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to.
Animation , Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for The Lost Thing

All Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Lost Thing has a beautiful melancholic charm that evokes the work of writer Neil Gaiman and filmmaker Tim Burton.

Full Review… | January 25, 2011
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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.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer


"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.

Jonny Priano
Jonny Priano

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.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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