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Australian creator Shaun Tan’s wordless graphic novels have brought him considerable acclaim, including the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, and the French edition of his graphic novel The Arrival won the Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Best Comic Book.
Now he has another award to add to his growing collection: The Lost Thing, co-directed by Tan and based on his book of the same name, won this year’s Oscar for Best Short Film (Animated). In an interview before the awards ceremony, Tan told School Library Journal’s Chelsey Philpot that Australian producer Sophie Bryne approached him after The Lost Thing won an award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and proposed making it into a short film. After a bit of persuasion, Tan agreed, and he started what would become a nine-year process: The film was begun in 2001 and finally finished in 2010.
And he’s already thinking ahead to the next film: Tan told SLJ that while he was in LA for the Oscar ceremony, he would be meeting with some people about making a feature-length film of another of his books, The Arrival.