Last week I posted an article showing clips from all of the shorts nominated for an Academy Award this year. Today the short The Lost Thing, appeared online in it’s entirety for everyone to watch. The short was written by Shaun Tan and co-directed by Tan and Andrew Ruhemann (executive producer, My Kid Could Paint That), and is based on an award-winning children’s book of the same title, also by Tan. Apparently it took over eight years to make and features a mix of computer animated and hand-painted elements. Watch the full 15-minute film after the jump.
A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realising it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day to day lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a ‘place’ for it.