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Daily Helping for February 18th, 2021 – Lost Property – Asa Lucander

A photo still from the animated short film Lost Property, wherein the two main characters are walking down a hallway together.

Yes, we’re here again. Once again I have managed to choose an animated short film that made me cry. Which is impressive, considering that for most of this film, I actually had no idea where it was going. Lost Property tells the story of an elderly man who works in a rundown office for lost objects. Every day, at the same time, an elderly woman arrives with a photo of something she has lost. As the days go by, the man delights in the task of reuniting the woman with her lost property, finding ever more whimsical ways of aiding their search. But despite his best efforts, they are never successful in finding what the woman has lost.

I’m not going to say any more, because to do so would ruin the enjoyment of watching this film unfold. But let’s just say that it’s extraordinary how much of an emotional impact a five minute film can have. The two characters aren’t even named in the film, and yet I cared deeply for them both by the time the credits rolled. And yes, by care deeply I mean I was wiping away a tear or two. It would seem that Pixar doesn’t have a monopoly on the animated gut punch after all.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!