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The Lost Thing (2010)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short, Drama | 11 February 2011 (USA)
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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.


Andrew Ruhemann (co-director), Shaun Tan (co-director)


Shaun Tan (creator)


Tim Minchin
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Credited cast:
Tim Minchin ... Narrator (voice)


In a not-so-distant future, somewhere in Australia's sandy beaches, a young boy while collecting bottle tops for his collection, makes an amazing discovery: a humongous and strange, yet friendly creature. Unable to classify this being, the boy soon realises that, in reality, the poor creature is actually lost and it has nowhere to go. But how could someone fail to notice such a magnificent living organism, moreover, how can a little boy find where it belongs? Written by Nick Riganas

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A film for those with more important things to pay attention to.


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The Boy has a sticker on his backpack saying "1974." Shaun Tan, the director and author of the book the film was based on, was born in 1974. See more »


Narrator: Nobody else seemed to notice it was there, they were all too busy doing other stuff, I guess.
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Lovely CGI....
19 February 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This Australian film is about a young man who finds a very bizarre looking 'thing' at the beach. He has no idea WHAT it is and no one else seems to care or notice. He makes it his job to try to find out where it goes. In the end, he finds a strange land filled with LOTS of strange creatures.

While far from my favorite of the 2011 nominees for Best Animated Short, this is still a very nice film and I enjoyed seeing it. I went to the theater with a friend to see this and we both agreed it was not very likely to win the award--mostly because the story is its weakest aspect. But, I should say that it DID have amazingly wonderful animation. The computer animation is truly wonderful--high quality, unique and impressive. So, in my case, while I didn't love the story (it was a tad weak), the film looked so great that I didn't mind too much. My advice is that it you see it, turn off your brain and enjoy.

UPDATE: I was surprised, but just moments ago I saw that "The Lost Thing" won the Oscar for Best Animated Short. To me, this was a surprise!

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Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Coisa Perdida See more »


Box Office


AUD500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


Color (HD)
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