Lost and Found



Picture-book adaptation will delight even youngest kids.
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  • Review Date: October 14, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 54 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

This isn't an educational movie, but it does teach young kids about friendship and the sadness that comes with being lonely.

Positive messages

There's a sweet message about friendship being important and how you should always help a friend in need. The fact that the boy is human and the penguin is an animal doesn't matter, because they still form a special bond.

Positive role models

The boy is a good and loyal friend.

Violence & scariness

It might be sad to some kids when the boy thinks he can't find the penguin at the South Pole.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lost and Found is an adaptation of award-winning author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers' 2005 picture book about a boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep. As with the book, the 30-minute movie targets preschoolers and young elementary schoolers who will appreciate the young boy and his new penguin friend's adventures. The content (and the short run time) is appropriate for all ages and doesn't contain anything questionable. There is one moment that might be sad for some viewers: when the boy tries to find the penguin at the South Pole and momentarily can't find him.

What's the story?

LOST AND FOUND, the animated adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' best-selling picture book, follows a simple story: One day, a boy opens his family's front door and finds a penguin standing there. The boy figures the penguin must be lost, so he sets out to figure out where penguins come from and decides to find a way to transport the penguin back home. Along the way, the boy and the penguin become friends, so when the two set off in a rowboat to the South Pole, it's unclear if that's really what the penguin wants after all.

Is it any good?


Jeffers' books are all wonderful, but you never know if an adaptation is going to accurately capture what makes a book so memorable. Luckily for fans of Jeffers' picture books, Lost and Found is a lovely little animated adventure about a boy and the penguin that mysteriously shows up on his doorstep one day. Narrated by acclaimed actor Jim Broadbent, the movie is vividly colored and features Jeffers' signature typography in the boy's village.

This is ultimately a story about the two main characters' feelings. As in the book, there is no direct dialogue, only narration. This allows the viewer to focus on the boy and the penguin's expressions and gestures and to see how their journey is not simply about getting to the South Pole but about something deeper -- finding a home and a true friend. Short and sweet, this adorable movie should delight kids and adults alike.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the message of this story. What does the boy realize when he drops off the penguin at the South Pole?

  • If you could have any animal show up at your door, what would it be? Why would you want to be friends with that animal?

  • Parents and kids, talk about which of your favorite picture books you wish would get turned into a movie.

Movie details

DVD release date:October 15, 2013
Cast:Jim Broadbent
Director:Philip Hunt
Studio:Entertainment One
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters
Run time:54 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 2 year old Written byAsterix December 23, 2013

Beautiful little movie for toddlers

This is the first "movie" we showed to our son (when he was a month or two shy of turning three). It is very beautifully rendered -- great drawings, great colors. Just very aesthetically pleasing. It is narrated without dialogue, but the expressions of the main characters really convey the feelings and thrust of the story very well. The movie carries very nice messages: help those in need, even if it is inconvenient; and be open to friendship with others. There are a couple of parts of the story that may make some sensitive toddlers a bit anxious: there is a storm, and also an initially-ominous-looking giant octopus (though he soon turns out to be very nice). But even my sensitive toddler got through those parts and wasn't fazed by them once the story moved on. Anyhow, it's a great movie. I don't think I could pick a better, first movie for my son (and, believe me, I've looked).
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byAPAdam October 23, 2013

Feel good short for all kids

Parent of an infant and 3 year old Written byExpatMom March 17, 2014

Beautifully Narrated & Illustrated Story - but a bit sad.

Our 3 year old is quite sensitive, and she found this movie to be very sad. By the end of the movie she was in tears and for days afterwards she continued to get upset about it. The illustrations are marvelous and the story is very simple and sweet - but it definitely carries a bit of a melancholic tone.


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