The Lost Thing

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The Lost Thing
Cover
Book cover
Author Shaun Tan
Illustrator Shaun Tan
Country Australia
Language English
Publisher Lothian Books
Publication date
2000
Media type Print
Pages 32
ISBN 978-0-7344-1138-9

The Lost Thing is a 2000 picture book, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan.[1]

Plot[edit]

Set in the near future, in dystopian Melbourne, Australia, The Lost Thing is a story about Shaun who enjoys collecting bottle tops for his bottle top collection. One day, while collecting bottle tops near a beach, he discovers a strange creature, that seems to be a combination of an industrial boiler, a crab, and an octopus. This creature is referred to as "The Lost Thing" by the narrator.

Shaun realizes the creature is lost and out of place. He attempts to find its owner but is not able to, due to the indifference of everyone else. As he is looking for the creature's owner, he is met by a creature who gives him a business card with an arrowhead sign on it. After searching much of the city for the sign, which they find all across the city, Shaun is able to find the sign and follows it to a similarly utopian land for lost things, where he returns the creature, and continues on with his life - although he was unable to say whether the creature really belonged there.

2010 film[edit]

This book was adapted into a 15-minute animated short film in 2010, directed by Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann and narrated by Tim Minchin. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short.[2] It was nominated for the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

The film was created using computer generated animation from two artists; CG lead Tom Bryant and animator and editor Leo Baker. Tom Bryant was located in Scotland, whilst Leo Baker worked from Melbourne. The film was in development for some years, but took three years of full time production to complete between 2007-2010.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Byrne, Fiona (28 January 2011). "Shaun Tan takes his Lost Thing to LA". Herald Sun (Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Oscar nominations 2011 in full". BBC News. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 

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