Lost and Found

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Picture-book adaptation will delight even youngest kids.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 54 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byBinh An V. March 3, 2018

Excellent, but left my baby very sad

My little girl had read the book many times. I thought it was a no brainer. But when the little boy looked for the penguin, she exploded in tears and cried... f... Continue reading
Adult Written byViannaR October 18, 2014

Wonderful film; with two scary scenes

This film is unique and lovely. The animation is exquisite and the narration is superb. I wish there were more films such as this available. However, caveat for... Continue reading
Kid, 4 years old December 19, 2016

So sweet!

Nothing is scary in this movie. There were really adorable characters that treat each other sweetly. I love that penguin! The octopus looked scary for 1 minute,... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old September 23, 2020

Beautiful movie but will leave little kids sad/scared

I'm not exaggerating, this movie is GORGEOUS. But it might scare or depress little kids. Ex. the graphic and very realistic storm at sea, giant octopus ris... Continue reading

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?

Narrated by acclaimed actor Jim Broadbent, this delightful movie is vividly colored and features Jeffers' signature typography in the boy's village. 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.

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 will appeal to kids and adults alike.

Talk to your kids 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.

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