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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It's got that classic monster befriends child charm to it!
23 February 2011 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'THE LOST THING': Four Stars (Out of Five)

One of the best animated short films nominated for an Oscar last year (2010), this one tells the story of a boy (voiced by Tim Minchin) who finds an odd and mysterious creature on a beach, which no one else seemed to notice. He takes it home with him and attempts to find it a place of it's own to live but finds little help as he discovers no one else seems to care. The film focuses on our modern civilization and how busy and self centered we are to notice amazing thing right in front of us. It of course delivers the message that as a child we still have awe and wonder for such things but eventually grow out of it. It's directed by Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann and written by Tan. The film is quirky, nostalgic and cleverly animated. It's got that classic monster befriends child charm to it. One definitely worth the recognition it's received.

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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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