The need for companionship is among the most basic of human needs. Ironically enough, it is also among the most important of human needs. Because of its importance, it has been the basis for countless movies and TV shows. Even The Twilight Zone, one of television’s most beloved series, used this need as the basis for its very first ever episode in “Where Is Everybody?” Now Entertainment One has teamed up with Studio AKA to release a story about companionship that will both entertain and move audiences of all ages. The story, Lost and Found, is based on the children’s book by author Oliver Jeffers. It follows the story of a young boy and a penguin that become friends. The most interesting aspect of the story is the adaptation’s script. Audiences that are not so familiar with Jeffers’ book will learn through the “Making of” featurette that the script for the small screen adaptation is different from the book. But that’s forgiveable. That’s because of the story behind the book itself. Just as worthy of note is the adaptation’s animation. Reference must be made to the story’s bonus “Making of” featurette again here. It is obvious in watching the story itself that the near Claymation style animation was in fact CG. But that the line was so blurred is just as impressive as the story itself. And having noted the bonus “Making of” featurette twice already, it would be pointless to not note that feature as another reason to check out this new DVD. All three of these factors taken into consideration, they combine to make Lost and Found a must see for any family.
Studio AKA’s adaptation of Lost and Found is not a direct translation of author Oliver Jeffers’ book. This is noted in the DVD’s bonus “Making OF” featurette. Just as interesting to note is that at first, Jeffers didn’t even want to have his book adapted to the small screen. Ironically enough, the original story on which Jeffers’ own book is based came from a story that allegedly happened at a Scotland zoo according to Jeffers. He explains the story in the DVD’s bonus “Making of” featurette in fell detail. It’s so unbelievable that one can’t help but laugh. What audiences get in this take on Jeffers’ book is a story that shows that friendships can begin in the most unexpected of ways. It also displays the timeless message that one doesn’t know what one has until it’s gone. How the boy comes to realize this will be left to viewers to find out for themselves. But his moment of realization is one of the short story’s most moving of moments. Anyone that is not left even slightly teary-eyed at this moment doesn’t have a heart. It’s just part of what makes this story so wonderful for the whole family.
The primary story of Lost and Found is both moving and entertaining. It is a wonderful piece for the entire family to watch together. Just as noteworthy about this story is its animation. At first its animation looks slightly similar to that of Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. But it doesn’t take long to realize that it was in fact done entirely via CG graphics. What’s so interesting here is that while it doesn’t take long to realize this, those behind its creation should be commended for making it unlike all the other cookie cutter CG based children’s features currently on the market. It actually does look like Claymation. This proves how much work went into giving this story the maximum amount of originality. It goes without saying that it definitely was original. It was original both in terms of its animation and its story, making it even more enjoyable.
The animation and the story behind Lost and Found both make this small screen adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ book a joy for viewers of all ages. The DVD’s bonus “Making of” featurette plays its own role in the overall presentation, too. As has already been noted, Jeffers explains in the “Making of” featurette how he came up with his literary take on the story. Viewers will also learn what went into bringing the story to life as well as much more. Those that have any experience and or interest in video production and graphics production will appreciate the discussions on how the world of Lost and Found was created. There is much more discussed. And again, audiences will discover everything that is discussed in this feature for themselves when they pick up the DVD in stores or order it online. It can be ordered direct from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Jim-Broadbent/dp/B00DP4AH5Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1384615898&sr=1-2&keywords=Lost+and+Found. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.