Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Mar 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A young boy comes across a lost object on the beach and tries to figure out what to do with it while at the same time trying to find the place where it belongs.
My Take on it – This is a film that uses abstract objects and ideas to get us to think about what happens to lost items.
The humorous use of government conspiracies and bureaucracy help make this feel even more grounded.
The fact that this was done with animation makes it even better because then inanimate objects can take on whole different meaning when they are less constrained with our reality.
Even though this was a short film, there were still a few meandering scenes that I think could’ve been trimmed a bit to make it even better.
This film won an Oscar for Best Animated Short.
I enjoyed the message here and think that they used the animation to near-perfection, unfortunately, the story needs some (a bot of) work.
Bottom Line – Interesting concept that works very well as an animated film because it gives it so much more freedom to explore the world we are introduced to. Liked the message of this, but there were still a few slow bits (even in a short film) that if cut perhaps would have made it even more interesting than it already is. Recommended
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Boy has a sticker on his backpack saying “1974.” Shaun Tan, the director and author of the book the film was based on, was born in 1974. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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