Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that is has secured a broadcast deal for its BAFTA award-winning film Lost and Found on Sprout, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment’s 24-hour USA preschool network. The half-hour animation will be joining the network’s lineup of quality programming this Christmas. It will premiere on 2 December at 3:00 pm ET and will air throughout the month of December.
Based on the international best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found was produced by multi award-winning production company STUDIO AKA. The film tells the story of a little boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep. Although at first he is unsure what to do, the boy becomes determined to help the Penguin find his way back home… even if that means rowing all the way to the South Pole.
This half-hour animated film is narrated by the actor Jim Broadbent and features a stunning score by composer Max Richter in a story that celebrates the meaning of friendship. The film was developed in close collaboration with Oliver Jeffers and adapts the book’s dreamlike illustrations into a heart-warming CGI animation.
Entertainment One Family, head of international sales, Monica Candiani commented, “Sprout is the perfect home for this remarkable film. Families in the USA adore the books of Oliver Jeffers and we’re delighted that they will have the opportunity to watch this beautifully crafted animated film adaptation when it airs this Christmas.”
Oliver Jeffers is a best-selling author and illustrator in the USA where his books have been met with international acclaim. In addition to Lost and Found which was a popular children’s picture book in the States, two of his more recent picture books, Stuck and The Hueys in the New Sweater have also won rave reviews and gone straight into the New York Times bestseller list.
Lost and Found has garnered widespread critical acclaim worldwide. In addition to its BAFTA Children’s award (UK); the film has been honoured with 61 international film awards, including accolades from both The New York and Chicago Children’s Film Festival (USA), The Ottawa International Animation Festival (CANADA), Melbourne Int. Animation Festival (AUSTRALIA), The GOLD PANDA for Best Short film (CHINA), The Sapporo Short Film Festival (JAPAN), The British Animation Awards (UK), the Annecy Crystal for Best TV Special (FRANCE) and more.