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The Lost Thing animated, 15 mins. Nominated for and Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Based on a book by Shaun Tan. posted by crunchland (29 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite

 
Shaun Tan is brilliance.
posted by changeling at 9:56 AM on February 22, 2011


Good lord. I quite literally just looked up from reading this book for my children's lit course and saw this post. I'll be sharing this with the class. Thanks!
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 9:56 AM on February 22, 2011


Love this! Thanks crunchland!
posted by garnetgirl at 9:57 AM on February 22, 2011


S'cool. I'm guessing they where influenced by Lovecraft and Gilliam. The Govt office is definite Terry material from Brazil, but the story also has his general feel to it as well, especially the ending.
posted by edgeways at 9:57 AM on February 22, 2011


Awesome. Reminds me a little of China Mieville's "Un Lun Dun".
posted by ...possums at 10:20 AM on February 22, 2011


Loved it! Made my day
posted by quazichimp at 10:24 AM on February 22, 2011


Me too! It was great.
posted by JtJ at 10:35 AM on February 22, 2011


Wow! The animation on that is beautiful. I didn't think I'd sit through the full 15 minutes and watch it. I have to say thank you!
posted by jwmollman at 10:57 AM on February 22, 2011


Man, they absolutely nailed it with the narrator's voice. What a neat video.
posted by Malor at 10:57 AM on February 22, 2011


Wow.
posted by Jode at 11:00 AM on February 22, 2011


nicely done.... thanks for this one!
posted by tomswift at 11:09 AM on February 22, 2011


Absolutely stunning. I've been a Shaun Tan fan since I encountered "The Arrival", and it was amazing to see his style translate so well to motion.
posted by wanderingmind at 11:10 AM on February 22, 2011


Good grief. I've been reading this book at bedtime to my kids for a while now. This is awesome (so is the book BTW).
posted by never used baby shoes at 11:14 AM on February 22, 2011


Awesome. Thanks very much Crunchland.
posted by Duug at 11:22 AM on February 22, 2011



S'cool. I'm guessing they where influenced by Lovecraft and Gilliam.


I see where you're going with the Lovecraft reference, but Dr Suess might be a better fit.
posted by Stagger Lee at 11:37 AM on February 22, 2011


That was FANTASTIC. Thank you Crunchland! (Also, I hadn't realized it was the same person who wrote The Arrival -thanks wanderingmind!)
posted by dendritejungle at 11:45 AM on February 22, 2011


I watched the nominees for best Animated Shorts yesterday. Lost Things was great, but I think Madagascar was the best, with Pixar's Day and Night a close second.
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 11:50 AM on February 22, 2011


Man, they absolutely nailed it with the narrator's voice. What a neat video.

This. I found him very reminiscent of the wonderful Tim Minchin. Of course, turns out it is Tim Minchin.
posted by sleepcrime at 1:59 PM on February 22, 2011


Thank you, crunchland! ♥
posted by Lynsey at 2:22 PM on February 22, 2011


S'cool. I'm guessing they where influenced by Lovecraft and Gilliam.

And, awesomely, the Codex Seraphinianus.
posted by The Bellman at 2:37 PM on February 22, 2011


Awww, Hieronymous Bosch has a good day!
posted by Redhush at 2:40 PM on February 22, 2011


Wonderful, absolutely wonderful.

Gotta assume Pixar is trying to snap up these animators as we speak.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:26 PM on February 22, 2011


I saw this last night in the theater, and immediately rushed home to find it online. Thank you so much for the link.
posted by isnotchicago at 4:29 PM on February 22, 2011


If you buy this on DVD , as I have you get a little hardcover field guide to recognizing lost things that has lots of gorgeous Shaun Tan sketches inside.

I loves me some Shaun Tan
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 7:21 PM on February 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Totally Kafka.
posted by stbalbach at 9:13 PM on February 22, 2011


Is there something wrong with me? I usually like this sort of stuff, but I sat through the entire video and wasn't impressed at all. The narration was dull, the character design unappealing, they sledgehammered the daylights out of that clich├ęd "Wacky Weirdness!" vs. "SOULLESS INDUSTRIAL CONFORMITY" motif, and the whole thing felt too twee by half. It just wasn't very interesting visually, soundwise, as a story, or as a metaphor.

I'm rooting for "Day & Night", myself. It had dynamic and innovative animation (especially in 3D), clever sound design, and much more humor and verve.
posted by Rhaomi at 2:53 AM on February 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


They pulled the video :( It is available from iTunes for $1.99 though.
posted by anotherkate at 10:10 PM on February 26, 2011


It's been pulled due to "copyright violation".
posted by kjs3 at 9:02 AM on March 7, 2011




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