eOne Films is releasing its magical animated short Lost & Found on October 15 in the U.S. for the first time. Based on the best-selling book by Oliver Jeffers, it is narrated by Jim Broadbent (Little Voice, Topsy Turvy, Moulin Rouge).
Lost and Found follows the story of a young boy who one morning finds a penguin at his front door. After researching penguins he decides that he will help his new friend get back home — except penguins live at the South Pole. What to do? Row across the ocean in a small rowboat, of course. The two have adventures on the way, including a narrow escape from a gigantic octopus. But what the boy soon learns is that maybe the penguin wasn’t ever lost; maybe he was just lonely. And maybe he wasn’t the only lonely one.
The CGI animation by Studio AKA is colorful and charming, and stays close the original style of author Oliver Jeffers‘s illustrations. Directed by Philip Hunt, the BAFTA award-winning Lost and Found is available in widescreen format and looks great on a large-scale high definition television screen. The original score, in Dolby, composed by Max Richter, is a lovely accompaniment to the sweet story. The DVD has a total running time of 54 minutes, which includes the animated short as well as a “making of” featurette that includes interviews with Jeffers and the production team, as well as images from Jeffers’ original book.
Jeffers, the recipient of many awards, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and The Roald Dahl Prize, is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, but now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of many children’s books, including another that features the little boy and his penguin, Up and Down. Lost and Found, the first of his books to be turned into an animated film, is also set to air on Nickelodeon as a holiday special this December. Kids and adults alike will be enchanted by Lost and Found.