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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Lost and Found Review

If you are familiar with this animation film then you will be wandering why I am reviewing it now when it was released in 2008.
Well, I came across the front cover somewhere and honestly just thought well the the two characters look really cute I want to see more. I hadn't even read what the story was about but I knew it was going to be something special as I think all stories that feature humans forming bonds with animals are.
After watching the film I realised that the book could be read in five minutes whereas the film was around twenty five minutes long.
What the makers of film have done amazingly have managed to stretch the story without pushing the characters where they don't need to go.
So the tale begins with a penguin, an incredibly cute one I have to say, finds himself in a cosy little fishing town seemimgly lost.
In one of the houses a boy with a knitted bobble hat and red and white stripy jumper is beginning his day with his daily routine.
A knock on the door sends him downstairs, there stands a penguin; curious and inquisitive about this strange building he finds himself in, he takes a shine to a radio which the boy becomes irritated by as the penguin fiddles with his precious music delivering treasure.
The boy decides to get the penguin back home, there are no departing boats to escort the penguin so he decides to build his own little one (as you do) , setting sail with a lunchbox and his radio.
However, their journey is disrupted as a raging and aggressive storm punches at the boat, flipping it over, then a gigantic red squid rises from the depths, helping the duo on their way. This rather lovely sea creature enables the boy to reach the North Pole with surprisingly no injuries to show for his journey.
As he says goodbye to the pneguin, handing him his umbrella as a momento, he opens the penguins lunchbox and discovers some photos that the little bird had taken in a photobooth they walked past. One of those photos is of the boy pulling the penguin out of the booth but to the penguin it looked like a hug.
Hurriedly, the boy finds the penguin and they set sail back to the seaside town where their friendship began, they just didn't know it yet.
This story in itself is one of the sweetest and most adorable tales I have ever come across and demonstrates how magical and powerful film can be for younger children. The morals about the penguin not being lost but was looking for a friend could I hope allow the readers of the book to uphold a more open mind about people and the different cultures around them.
As the film didn't include dialogue the physical movements of the characters were more powerful in how they expressed their emotions using simple connections like a hug was sublime in its subtly to show the development of the boy and penguins friendship.
Furthermore, the style art of the characters and how their bodies moved were basic drawings that encompassed the simplistic but most valuable actions of the characters finely using the right amount of colour and light to emphasis the story's idealic atmosphere and calmness.
The question remains who was lost and who was found? Mmmmm.....

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