Lost & Found is a stop-motion short film that tugs at the heartstrings. A knitted toy dinosaur must completely unravel itself to save the love of its life.
Watch this video with your children and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.
This video has some potentially distressing themes, so it may be inappropriate for younger children. Please watch the video carefully before showing it to your students to ensure that it is suitable for them.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write the prequel to this story. How did the two toys meet? How did their relationship develop?
- Write the story from the point of view of the fox or the dinosaur.
- Write a section of dialogue, for example, what could the characters say to each other between 1:04 and 3:35?
- Write character profiles of the two main characters. How would you describe their appearance and personalities?
- Write an explanation of how the water feature works.
- The film is set in a Japanese restaurant. Make a list of the clues in the film that tells us this.
- Make a storyboard of the film.
- Why do you think the film is called Lost and Found? What alternative names can you think of?
- Foreshadowing is the technique of giving a clue to what will happen later in a story. How many examples of foreshadowing can you find in this film?
- Watch this video showing how a simple water-balancing fountain works and draw a diagram showing what happens.
- Research and write a fact file on the production of wool. How is it made into yarn that can then be made into material? This Kiddle page is a good starting point.
- Watch the video below. Can you make a short animation film using a stop animation app?
- Watch the trailer below and make your own version. Which scenes would you include
- Try crocheting or knitting small squares.
- Make a list of different door mechanisms you can find, for example, revolving doors, sliding doors. How many can you spot around your home, town or school?
- Listen carefully to the soundtrack. How does it add to the story?
- Compose your own accompaniment to a section of the film. Which instruments and sound effects would you use?
- This story is set in a Japanese restaurant. Learn more about the country and culture with these amazing resources from The Japan Society.
- Discuss what happened in the film. How were the two characters feeling? Why did the dinosaur do what it did? Would you have done the same? How does the fox feel at the end?