A new life for Shaun Tan’s lovable lost thing

– An odd but hopeful picture book about a lovable lost creature has a new life in the United States to go with its Oscar-winning, 15-minute movie.
The Academy Award victory in the short animated film category for Australian Shaun Tan’s “The Lost Thing” coincides with its release this month in “Lost & Found,” a collection of three stories primarily by Tan from the Scholastic imprint Arthur A. Levine Books. => http://yhoo.it/fnQtUk

Shaun Tan’s “Lost thing” now on DVD

In a world of rivets and drabness, a boy befriends a fantastical red creature that appears to be totally lost: based on the writer-director Tan’s prize-winning children’s book.

Here is a trailer to tempt you …

Directed by Shaun Tan. This film is part of the Sydney Film Festival. June 2-14 2010. www.sff.org.au

About the DVD

The Lost Thing
A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Having guessed it is lost, he tries to find its owner or where it belongs, but is met with mute indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this interruption to their daily lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a ‘place’ for it.

DVD Extras include: Deleted scenes, pre-production artwork, notes and commentaries, mini-features on animation development, plus an extensive interview. The package also includes a 48-page field guide, ‘What Miscellaneous Abnormality Is That?’, a rare publication from the mysterious Federal Department of Odds. At last you will be able to correctly identify a lost thing when you see one. Check here for more details.

Remember the book?

A kid finds a lost ‘thing’ on the beach where he’s scavenging for his bottle top collection. The thing is a large, freakish creature but no one except the kid really notices it, it’s simply not part of their familiar day-to-day reality.

Buy the book here => http://bit.ly/aDgXuY

You can download
Teachers Notes
Resource Sheet: Imagination: The Lost Thing
Discussion module
Language Stimulation Guide