Lost and Found (the book) rocketed to favorite status in my house, and there have rarely been children’s books that have so quickly taken hold in the collective consciousness.
Finally available on DVD, the animated adaptation, winner of numerous awards already, manages to deliver the story of a boy and his penguin in a way that is difficult to believe.
Narrated wonderfully by Jim Broadbent, and with a cheery and somehow cunning musical score, the film pulls at audiences with same ability as the book, which is a feat that is often hoped for, and almost never actualized.
Brilliant in its simplicity, like the book, Lost and Found is a departure from the din of motion and attention grabs that plague all things aimed at children these days. It relies instead on fundamental situations and ideas, and doesn’t need to be overt in what it’s getting at. Comparable to Where the Wild Things Are (the book, and decidedly not the film) in this regard, a good story, simple as it may be, doesn’t need to tell you what it’s telling you. That’s what storycraft is all about.
This is a film that saunters, but holds interest with the sheer wonder of its strangeness. It lays a groundwork better than most stories that are far more grandiose, because short as it is, it delivers a moment, and puts the young mind right inside.
The film uses the same, almost watercolor, palette, and coupled with the ability to expand the depth and layout more in the way of scale, the animation is fairly mesmerizing. All of it coming together in a soothing format that contradicts the power of the touching story of friendship. It’s a combination that works well, and teases out the overall effect in a surprising way.
The conversation at play in this simple story is almost limitless, and none of it lost on its audience. Like any great story, it’s the fact that it can be chewed on nearly without end that keeps it going, and Lost and Found bears that out. What is a friend, and how does one become one? Who are the available referents of the term? Why do I care just because someone needs my help? Where did this connection come from? Why is the incredibly strange suddenly not at all strange anymore?
In another form, these are all questions posed by
my daughter who is now seven. Despite a more than four year love affair with this story, she teared up when watching the film. There are other compliments to pay this film, but they are all meaningless.
It’s unfortunate that this film took so long to get a DVD release in America, and more unfortunate still that it is a release that many will see as not providing tons of bang for their buck. The full length of DVD is about 55 minutes, which includes the one bonus available, a Making Of featurette. It’s a solid bonus, and more interesting than you might imagine, especially considering that delving into the animation process, for many, may feel much the same for one film as any other.
Those unfamiliar may be hard-pressed to pick this up, unless they get a great deal, because it may look to the unknowing eye like something to pass over. Even those in the know may not immediately register how good the adaptation is. This is one that will become a regular part of the video diet, and you’ll be happy about the fact.
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Winner of More Than 60 International Awards, Production Adapted and Directed by Philip Hunt Features Engaging CGI Animation from Studio AKA, Narration by Oscar-Winner Jim Broadbent and Original Score from Renowned Composer Max Richter
Families will embark on an imagination-inspiring journey alongside a pair of unlikely companions when “Lost and Found,” the deeply-heartwarming and critically-acclaimed animated film, arrives in the U.S. for the first time ever on DVD (SRP $9.98) and Digital platforms on October 15, 2013 from Entertainment One (eOne). “Lost and Found” also will air as a holiday special on Nick Jr.®
Based on the internationally best-selling children’s book by award-winning author, Oliver Jeffers, whose newest book has just captured the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list, the standout production was adapted and directed by Philip Hunt and features endearing narration by Academy Award®-winner Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge), stunning CGI animation from Studio AKA, and a charming musical score by esteemed composer Max Richter (Shutter Island). “Lost and Found” brilliantly transports viewers from the 2D pages of the storybook to a rich and immersive world that will have both young and old alike mesmerized and brought to tears. With more than five dozen international awards under its cap, the remarkable film is sure to find its way into audiences’ hearts with its universal and timeless message of the true value of friendship.
Originally inspired by the real-life story of a little boy in Belfast, Ireland, who somehow managed to sneak a penguin out of the zoo during a class trip and all the way home to his bathtub before anyone noticed, “Lost and Found” tells the unforgettable story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep. Assuming that the unexpected visitor must have lost his way, the thoughtful and determined boy takes up the noble task of bringing the penguin back home – even if it means rowing all the way to the South Pole! But when the pair finally arrives at their destination, the boy soon discovers that maybe the penguin wasn’t really lost after all. Maybe he was just lonely… And maybe he wasn’t the only one.
“We’re delighted to bring ‘Lost and Found’ to DVD and give families everywhere the opportunity to discover this breathtakingly beautiful and enchanting story,” said Michael E. Rosenberg, President, eOne Films US. “This emotionally powerful film speaks to viewers of all ages and has all the makings of a classic.”
“It is with great pride and pleasure that ‘Lost and Found’ has made it to the US,” said Jeffers. “It’s such a joy to see my story come to life through the vision and direction of the incredibly talented Studio AKA.”
Gentle and uplifting in equal measure, “Lost and Found” provides families with a welcome alternative to today’s more frenetic on-screen entertainment options for kids. In addition to the movie, the DVD contains a special “Making of” featurette, showcasing interviews with Jeffers, as well as key members of the production and creative teams. The segment offers viewers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the various elements that seamlessly come together to bring this dynamic film to memorable life.
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