“Lost and Found” is an animated valentine to my favorite early animators. The perverse idea of rotoscoping animation revealed the pleasure of drawing as if with the hands of the early masters. My hand and my head learned lots. In this kind of animation there is a giddy joy in the possibility of (literally) anything on the screen coming alive and joining in the general chaos. Unlike most of today’s feature animations, which seek to make the incredible credible, these animations celebrate the incredibleness of the worlds they drew, resulting in a kind of vaudeville surrealism.
This film is made of more than 2,000 watercolor paintings and drawings in a style I call “psychadelichrome,” in which the color varies wildly from frame to frame while the forms remain consistent. The result is a kind of percussive shimmer.
Shay Lynch created the music and it, too, celebrates the early cartoons through their jaunty scores.