When Love Is StrongerOscar Worthy Animation
Lost and Found may be the sweetest, most heartbreaking less-than-seven-minute short film you’ve ever seen. Following the love story of a stuffed dinosaur and fox that live in a sushi house, you watch as love, loss, heartbreak, and strength dive in and tug at your heartstrings making you want more. This short film is the kind of film that makes you long for the next ten episodes because you’ve fallen so madly in love with two inanimate objects that seem more real to you than most people.
Lost & Found is a stop motion short film that tugs at the heartstrings. A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.
Directed by Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe, this may be one of the most beautifully done stop-motion animation films I’ve seen in some time. The film tethers around your heart, is shot with precision and detail that makes the fabricated world seem far more real than you’d anticipate. As the Oscars are just around the corner, it’s no wonder this film has won countless awards and is now on the fast-track to be among those awarded the coveted Academy Award.
The story, written by Bradley Slabe has all the makings of every great love story: humor, anxiety, uncertainty, hope, obstacles, perseverance, and heartbreak. Opening with a fox throwing stones in the bamboo water fountain and a dinosaur, her true love throwing kisses her way, suddenly these two lovebirds find themselves in trouble. The fox’s tail is struck by one of the water-filled pieces of bamboo and is thrust into a fountain full of water, clinging on for her life. The dinosaur leaps to her rescue only to find that the yarn holding him together is caught on a nail, and as he runs towards her, he unravels one green thread at a time, all while his stuffing is falling out. Fox sees him willing to risk his life for hers and from there we watch as Dinosaur triumphantly pushes through to save her, knowing he will likely lose his life in the process. Fearful these two may never have the chance to be together again, the film leaves you in a state of utter optimism amid surprising tears.
Lost & Found proves that you can tell a profound story with visuals, quality writing, innovative filmmaking, and a whole lot of heart. Well done Andrew Goldsmith, Bradley Slabe, Lucy J. Hayes, and Gerald Thompson.
Lucy J. Hayes
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY & MOTION CONTROL
VFX CREATIVE DIRECTOR
SUPERVISING SOUND DESIGNER
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The team behind Lost & Found also happen to have a pretty keen sense of humor. Below are their versions of famous movie posters.
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