The Lost Thing is a wonderful children’s book by Australian artist Shaun Tan, with an unusual story and a unique look.
With the help of co-director Andrew Ruhemann and a small production team, Tan has been working for several years to bring the book to life as a 15 minute animated short. It was finally completed this summer.
Tan has been intimately involved as the storyboard artist, production designer and art director, with the happy result that his quirky vision as an illustrator has been wonderfully realized, something I would have thought essentially impossible for this particular book.
In particular, I’m impressed with the painterly and textural qualities of the final look.
You can see a trailer, stills and some production art on the film’s official website.
It Looks completely wonderful. I’m really looking forward to seeing the film.
Now if only there were a better distribution and marketing system for animated shorts.
[Via The Art Department]
[Addendum: Phil Willis was good enough to let us know that Leo Baker was the lead animator for the film. You can see additional scenes from The Lost Thing at the beginning and end of his showreel.]
www.shauntan.net, with news
My previous posts on Shaun Tan:
Shaun Tan (update)
Shaun Tan on InFrame TV
8 Replies to “The Lost Thing animated short”
This short actually won the annecy animation film festival this year, I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks very nice…
Thanks, François. I wasn’t aware of that.
For the benefit of other readers, here is the site for the Annecy Festival.
On a somewhat related subject, see my posts on the Goeblins school animations for the Annecy Festival.
What you’ve posted for images make the short a must-see, Charley!
Excelent illustrations. I love them.
The colours, the shapes, everything is great in there. Congrats
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Charley – great post.
Yeah – this is a brilliant film. I had a chance to see it in the Sydney Film Festival, and it’s also screening at the Sydney International Animation Festival.
But it deserves a larger audience.
If you’re interested, the lead animator Leo Baker has a website with more details:
I always find Shaun Tan’s work so inventive and mesmerising. Now it’s been animated? Boy am I glad to find this out.
Thank you so much for sharing this! I wasn’t aware of the book or the movie, and I am sure my family will love it! I have really been enjoying your blog-keep up the great work!
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