This movie is a treasure! I wouldn’t have thought that an animated film with no dialogue (besides the sounds a penguin makes) would hold my children’s (and my own) interest from beginning to end but that’s exactly what happened when we watched Lost and Found.
Of course the brilliant colors and exceptional graphics made a huge difference. It’s truly a beautiful film. A narrator with a deep, calming voice (with an English accent) tells us the story as it unfolds. It’s as if we are watching a book come to life!
The story itself is emotive, funny, touching at parts, exciting, and genuinely interesting. Especially when you discover that it was inspired by the real-life story of a little boy in Belfast, Ireland, who somehow managed to sneak a penguin out of the zoo during a class trip and all the way home to his bathtub before anyone noticed! In Lost and Found, a boy is surprised to find a penguin knocking at his door one day. The penguin becomes a rather annoying guest who won’t leave, and the boy decides to find out where it came from so he can send it back. Off they go on an adventure together, the penguin trailing along behind the boy.
We enjoyed the entire movie immensely, but I think our favorite part was when they sailed in a boat out to sea. You’ll have to watch it to see what happens, but it’s pretty exciting!
We highly, highly recommend this movie! Both my 5-year-old, my almost-3-year-old, and my 50-ish-year-old mother loved the entire thing. I would recommend it for kids 2+ all the way to adult. And it has great replayability (I think I made that word up) – we have watched it three times already and the kids sat quietly and enjoyed it each time!
It’s very refreshing to play a different kind of movie, one in which characters aren’t talking too loud and the story isn’t extremely silly. My only complaint is that it is short in comparison to other movies – we didn’t want it to end! I hope Entertainment One releases many more like this. :)
Disclosure: A copy of LOST AND FOUND on DVD was provided to my family for us to keep and share our honest thoughts on here at Kindred Spirit Mommy.