Lost and Found

BAFTA-winning children’s film

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What is a Boy to do when a Penguin turns up at his door?

 

Find out where it came from, of course, and return it— even if it means rowing to the South Pole. Such is the premise of Oliver Jeffers multi-award-winning children’s picture book and the starting point for this wildly successful adaptation (BAFTA for Best Children’s animation, Annecy Crystal for Best Television Special, & a total of 61 International Awards!).

Lost And Found is one of those fortunate projects that happened out of the blue when executive producer Joan Lofts proposed making a half-hour film of Oliver’s book. Oliver was exceptional in his trust that we could adapt his original short story to the longer length required and based on the shared belief we had that a half-hour is a perfect micro-feature length for young children.

The decision to interpret the originally hand-drawn book into a 3D CGI film was borne out of a desire to leave the original book ‘untouched’ and let the film, with its adapted storyline, be a stand-alone companion piece rather than simply a ‘moving version’ of the book. 

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Adapted & Directed by

PHILIP HUNT

 

Produced by

SUE GOFFE

 

Based on the Original book by 

OLIVER JEFFERS

 

Production designer

Amandine Pecharman

 

Copyright

STUDIO AKA & eONE

Tasked with interpreting the world of Oliver into a more dimensional version, we devised a look that kept true to Oliver, with a nod to classic stop-motion. We knew that the ocean setting needed to be by turns epic, beautiful, terrifying, and ultimately location – and we felt that CGI would deliver the dimensionality and space to express that.

The team produced countless sketches and studies for the sets & characters, and the build, lighting and compositing team at Studio AKA did an amazingly delicate job on the whole film, allowing the animation team to pour their hearts into the performances. We were exceptionally fortunate that Oliver provided a multitude of original artworks for use in the film, ranging from the pages of a book through to signage and more, a contribution that helped enormously to underline his signature across the film.

Production Design

The journey to the South Pole proves arduous in the boy’s rowboat. Along the way, there are comedic moments involving the correct etiquette when offered fish, thoughtful non-sequiturs involving plastic ducks, and some stark reminders of just how scary the ocean can be. After a mildly terrifying encounter with a giant octopus ( no spoilers, but all is not what it seems) the boy delivers on his promise and returns the penguin to the South Pole. This does not pan out entirely as expected, and the boy comes to realize what he has really left behind.

The resulting 26-minute film features narration by the great Jim Broadbent and a soundtrack balanced between the beautiful (and award-winning) music written by Max Richter – who amazingly agreed to score the film – and the incredible sound design of Adrian Rhodes from De Lane Lea Studios. The project benefited immensely from this collaboration, and while Adrians details draw you into the world, Max’s themes provide the heart to the film’s emotional narrative.

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Extended Clip Trailer

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Play Octopus Clip

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Original test sequence

Awards ★★★★★

 

 THE 61 AWARDS FOR LOST AND FOUND…

UK – BAFTA 2009 – Winner: Children’s Animation.
USA – ASHVILLE Int. CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL 2011 – Best Story
ECUADOR – CHULPICINE FILM FESTIVAL 2011 – First Prize 3-6yrs
IRAN – TEHRAN INT. ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2011– Best Children’s Animation
USA – CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE 2011 – Audience Prize
USA – WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL 2011– Best Children’s Film
KOREA – ANIMPACT ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2010 – Best Audience Prize
SPAIN – EL MEU PRIMER FESTIVAL 2010 – Jury Award
USA – MAVERICK MOVIE AWARDS 2010 – Best Picture
SPAIN – FILMETS BADALONA 2010 – Venus de Badalona – Premi del Public
SPAIN – FILMETS BADALONA 2010 – Premi ’Amics de la musica’
SLOVAKIA – BRATISLAVIA ANIMATION BIENNIAL 2010 – Victor Kubal Award
POLAND – GALICJA 2010 – Best Film
IRAN – Intl. FESTIVAL OF FILMS FOR CHILDREN 2010 – Golden Butterfly
DENMARK – BUSTER FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – Best short Film
MEXICO – NINOS KIDS FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – Best Short Animation
JAPAN – HIROSHIMA 2010 Special Intl. Jury Prize
KENYA – 5TH LOLA KENYA SCREEN 2010 – Best Animation
KENYA – 5TH LOLA KENYA SCREEN 2010 – Audience’s Choice Award
KENYA – 5TH LOLA KENYA SCREEN 2010 – Bronze Mboni
CROATIA – ZAGREB ANIMAFEST 2010 – BEST FILM For Children
CROATIA – ZAGREB ANIMAFEST 2010 – MR. M Audience Award
CZECH REPUBLIC – ZLÍN 2010 – GOLDEN SLIPPER for Best Animated Film
CZECH REPUBLIC – ANIFEST 2010 – Grand Prix
CZECH REPUBLIC – ANIFEST 2010 – Best TV Film & Serial
SPAIN – ANIMABASAURI-ANIMABASQUE 2010 – Best Short Film
USA – CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT FILM FEST 2010 – Best Animation
USA – SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – Best YouthFEST film
INDIA – CMS Intl. CHILDRENS FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – Best Short Animation.
UK – BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS 2010 – Best Animation Special.
USA – CLEVELAND Intl. FILM FEST 2010 – Best Animated Short Film
USA – Intl. FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – Best Foreign Animated Short Film
USA – BAMKIDS Int. FILM FEST 2010 – Best Animated Short Film
USA – NYICFF 2010 – Audience Award
USA – DURANGO FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – Juried Award for Best Family Film
USA – DURANGO FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – Audience Award for Best Family Film
BELGIUM – ANIMA 2010 – Audience Award & Grand Prix Special Mention.
MONACO – IMAGINA 2010 – Best Short Film
USA – BAICFF 2010 – Children’s Choice Award
N. IRELAND – CINEMAGIC 2009 – Best short Film
ARGENTINA – EXPOTOONS 2009 – Best short Film
PORTUGAL – CINANIMA 2009 – Best medium-length film
UK – BAF 2009 – Best film for children
CHINA – SICHUAN TV Festival 2009 – GOLD PANDA Best animated short film.
BRAZIL – CURTACINEMA 2009 – Audience Award
CHINA – CICDAF 2009 – Grand Prix for best Children’s program
USA – CHICAGO Int. Children’s film festival 2009 – Children’s Jury Award
USA – AUSTIN Film festival 2009 – Animated Short Jury Award
JAPAN – SAPPORO Short film festival 2009 – Best children’s short
JAPAN – SAPPORO Short film festival 2009 – Children’s choice: GOLD award
JAPAN – SAPPORO Short film festival 2009 – Audience award
NETHERLANDS – PLAYGROUNDS Int Digital Arts Fest 2009 – Best Short
CANADA – OTTAWA Int animation festival 2009 – Best Children’s TV film
USA – PALM SPRINGS Int Short Film Fest 2009 – Audience Animation Shor
FRANCE – ANNECY 2009 – Annecy Crystal for Best TV Special
AUSTRALIA – MELBOURNE Intl. animation festival 2009 – Best Kids Film
AUSTRALIA – MELBOURNE Intl. animation festival 2009 – Audience Award
ITALY – UMBRIA Film festival 2009 – Best Short Film for Kids
KOREA – S.I.C.A.F 2009 – Special Distinction in TV Films
BRAZIL – ANIMA MUNDI – Sao Paolo – 2009 – Best short for Children
USA – RHODE ISLAND Film festival 2009 – Grand Prize -Best Animation 

 

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