A Magical Tale of Friendship.
Based on the best-selling book by Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found is the story of a small boy whose day becomes anything but ordinary when a knock on the door reveals a penguin. Assuming the flightless bird is lost, the boy tries to find it a place, eventually deciding to take the penguin back to its home at the South Pole himself. The journey the two take is perilous but ultimately fulfilling with an ending to warm even the coldest of hearts. Narrated by Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), this is an extremely gentle morality play, with the themes of helping others and friendship more implicit than overt.
The video transfer is beautiful, with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, which serves to fill the screen with all the lovely animation the eye can comprehend. The palette is rich and well-saturated without sacrificing the truly appealing textures. The colors are well-timed especially on the penguin, which sports a lovely black-and-blue tone enhanced by soft textures to mimic feathers. The audio is subtle but a well-balanced match to the eye-popping visuals. That’s not the say the track is soft; in fact it’s Dolby Digital 5.1, which really serves the narration well, and the Foley work enhances the audio space such that you rarely notice the lack of dialogue.
The lone special feature is a behind-the-scenes featurette that runs longer than the film itself. It’s one of the most comprehensive such featurettes I’ve ever seen.
I really loved Lost and Found but I find it hard to recommend a purchase for something which has a total runtime of less than an hour, including the special feature. However, I do have a purchase recommendation specific to one type of consumer. If you own and love the book then I’d say this is a definite yes. It’s truly the perfect accompaniment to the book. The chance to see the beloved story translated into an animated medium is worth the money if you’re already a fan.