SUMMARY: A boy finds a strange creature on the beach and decides to find out where it belongs.
WHY IT’S HERE: Shaun Tan’s ‘The Lost Thing’, a 3D adaptation of his own picture book, is a stylish and captivating tale of a boy who finds a lost ‘thing’ and sets about finding where it truly belongs. The story is slow-paced and meditative but utterly fascinating and Tan’s control over his own material retains this element in the film. Thoughtfully narrated by comedian Tim Minchin, ‘The Lost Thing’ explores human beings’ diminishing capacity for observing and appreciating the incredible world around them. Its philosophical leanings are aided by the inventive CG animation’s ability to place adult viewers into a child’s mindset where they can recapture a sense of wonder, while the unpatronising storytelling and weighty themes will help expand children’s appreciation beyond the aesthetic. Perhaps these clever narrative devices were the main contributory in the film winning an Oscar, although it also manages to tap into the familiar charm of monster-befriends-boy narratives which makes it feel at once like a classic.