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The Lost Thing

Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing is a labour of love – a film of only 15 minutes which took 4 people 3.5 years to make. Anything worth doing is worth doing well, as the saying goes. I love to see any creative work done with such complete commitment, devotion to detail and (most of ALL) heart.

The story is set in a retro-future world, where most people are too absorbed in their colourless drudgery to notice anything truly special or unique… even if it is bright red and bigger than a transit van.

Ostensibly this is an innocent childlike fable, and yet it has a deeper commentary which is as sad as it is hopeful. It hints at a safe and bright place where individuality is the norm; where specialness itself is harboured and celebrated; where lost things find their home.

…but it’s worth watching just for the artwork alone. There are countless endearing details that can easily be missed on first viewing.


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2 Responses to The Lost Thing

  1. Sumangali Morhall May 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Hey thanks for the visit Jaitra, hope you enjoy the film, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed 🙂

  2. Jaitra May 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Hey thanks for sharing Sumangali. Commitment, devotion to detail, heart—what could possibly be not to like! *Click* Heading to iTunes now…

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