Although Aussies Geoffrey Rush and Jackie Weaver didn’t win the expected supporting actors Oscars, Shaun Tan did for Best Animated Short Film for The Lost Thing. Co-directed by Tan, and based on his OGN of the same name, it’s a charming tale of a man befriending a weird creature, and is narrated by Aussie comedian/singer Tim Minchin.
Tan’s wordless OGNs such as The Arrival are beautifully illustrated and powerful tales and it’s great to see him add another prestigious award to his resume.
I first saw The Lost Thing last year when Tan presented most of it during a presentation of his work at a library, and saw the 15 minute finished product at an animation showcase, and it was far superior to the other short films shown with it. Trailer for The Lost Thing is below. Hopefully, now with its highest level of awareness, the DVD will fly off the shelves, as it goes for 60 minutes with all the extras and also features a 48 page book.