Don't you just hate it when a film you haven't seen gets nominated for an award? While a trip to the cinema may answer your problems for the feature films, what about the shorts? We have one for you today – Shaun Tan's Oscar-nominated short film, The Lost Thing.
Based on Tan's 2002 kids book with the same name, the story sees a boy discover a strange creature at the beach while out collecting bottle tops. After spending the day with it, he realises it is lost and sets about finding a place where it belongs. While it's essentially a children's story, it will appeal to young and old alike.
The animation style looks hand-drawn; it's quite cute and simple, but that just adds to its charm. The creature is very bizarre and has a steampunk vibe to it, but it's easy to see why the boy empathises with it and wants to help it.
The short is co-directed by Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, and is narrated by Australian comedian, actor and musican Tim Minchin. Video comes via Daily Motion.
I love Shaun Tan's work and am thrilled to discover that The Lost Thing has been turned into a short film. I will be watch the Oscar's tonight with renewed hope! You can watch The Lost Thing in its entirety here.
UPDATE: The Lost Thing did win the Oscar for best animated short film!!!!! Congratulations!