The mini-series tells the story of a lost toy, Ollie, who goes out into the world to look for his owner, Billy.
The new Netflix mini-series, Lost Ollie, is winning hearts with its touching story and brilliant animation work.
Caution: Major spoilers of Lost Ollie ahead.
I don't over exaggerate when I say Lost Ollie just might be the greatest thing that has ever come out in 2022.— Steven S. Bean (@ThePolishArtist) August 24, 2022
It's so full of heart and soul and doesn't talk down.
Again this is what we all need right now. 💝#Netflix #LostOllie pic.twitter.com/w6OTR2iR5H
The movie starts with Ollie waking up in a cardboard box and looking around for his human best friend, Billy. Ollie comes to realize that he has been brought to the thrift store. Later, when Ollie sees the old woman locking up the shop, he tries to escape the place only to get chased by the lady’s drooling dog Buttons. However, a tattered old clown named Zozo saves Ollie from the growling dog. After learning what the bunny has gone through, Zozo suggests the panic-stricken Ollie think about the memories he must have had with Billy.
Billy was mocked and bullied in school for being adopted but his mother constantly encouraged Billy to fight for himself and stand against the bullies. Remembering small details from his memory, Ollie creates a map and devises a plan along with Zozo.
The plan looked smooth but was equally bumpy when put to execution. Ollie had to fight for his life many times. On his way to look for Billy, Ollie drops the magnet stars his friend gave him and ends up losing them, and further gets chased by a dog. A Ninja-teddy, Rosy, comes to his rescue and chases the dog away with her light saber-like needle sword. Ollie later finds the ‘Dark River'—which he had recalled and marked on the map, and then the trio embarks on their adventurous ride to find Billy.
Lost Ollie is the heartwarming story of two best friends — a boy and his stuffed rabbit — trying to find their way back one another.— Netflix (@netflix) August 24, 2022
It's an adventure that will have you making this face 🥺 the whole way through. All 4 episodes are now on Netflix pic.twitter.com/7XWueuSG8K
Ollie quickly figures out that the dark river is actually the Ohio river, and they take a steamboat ride to cross over to the other side, the city of Louisville. Rosy makes it clear from the very start that she does not consider Ollie’s mission to be of any importance and is only there to accompany Zozo, with whom she had a history. When she sees a tall building that resembles the white tower on Ollie’s map, she does not tell the rabbit anything about it, and it is only when Ollie sees it for himself that he realizes it is their next destination.
#Netflix #LostOllie— Steven S. Bean (@ThePolishArtist) August 24, 2022
Lost Ollie is delightfully charming. It's like a modern-day Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey but with cute toys. I felt like my heart just completely melted out of my body and into a puddle of goop
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All this time, Ollie believed that his new friends were helping him to get back to his friend. However, everything goes downhill when they reach an abandoned amusement park. Zozo has been kind enough to help Ollie, but he suddenly changes to a different personality. He starts humming the same song that Billy’s mother used to sing. Confused about how the clown knows the song, Ollie soon realizes that Zozo brought them here in the park on purpose. Zozo wants to know about the little bell (indicating the heart) that Ollie wears. The clown tells him that the bell ringing inside Ollie reminds him of his lost love, Nina. Zozo is marooned by bitterness and holds Ollie as his captive.
It’s really telling how lackluster Netflix’s marketing is when I didn’t know that Lost Ollie came out today until one of my friends told me that it did.— Alberto Herrera #NewDeal4Animation (@Alberto9Herrera) August 24, 2022
I’m definitely going to check this out when I have the chance. pic.twitter.com/3yW6UtOMxZ
Zozo now turns evil and leaves Rosy with Ollie instructing her to torture him. Seeing Ollie suffer, Rosy has a change of heart and she shares the real reason why the clown has become evil when he leaves. She mentions he was never like this until the day when a little girl took Nina with her during the auction of the toys when the amusement park shut down. Determined to change his fate, Zozo constantly looked for Nina but ended up failing in his search. Consequently, despite Zozo telling Rosy to torture Ollie, she cuts him loose because she can’t see Zozo taking any more advantage of the little bunny.
#LostOllie is a beautiful limited series about family and friendship and what it means to love. This was an emotional roller coaster that I didn’t see coming. Is it too early to call it a masterpiece? Maybe but it still is. Go watch it on Netflix as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/4V7tUOJCFE— The Chicken Nugget Man (@TheOnlyBossBaby) August 24, 2022
When Ollie tries to escape, the clown runs after him, and just when he is about to kill him, Zozo ends up stabbing Rosy with her sword. Ollie somehow manages to escape the harsh change of events and runs inside the school building where Billy took him after his mother passed away.
Towards the end of the film, we see someone dressed like Billy’s dad grab Ollie from the ground and then take it home, clean it up, and fix it with a thread and needle. It is at that moment that we learn that this man is not Billy’s dad, but Billy himself. Also, the kid at the beginning of the season is Billy’s daughter, meaning that Ollie was lost for decades, which explains his faded memories. Billy gives the fixed Ollie back to his daughter.
I'm excited to finally talk about this mini-series. Get ready to feel an intense amount of emotions shoved into your eyeballs when Lost Ollie hits Netflix next week. It's a charming and somber story of loss and family. Definitely give it a watch. Congrats @ShannonTindle_1 pic.twitter.com/omjYEwBfX5— Cameron Ward (@camseyeview) August 21, 2022
Through Billy’s daughter, Ollie finally delivers Billy’s mother’s last message to her son. The toy tells him that his mother hoped for him to grow up well, to understand that he could be sad, but never bitter and that her death should not mean that better things were not coming his way. Billy cries and embraces his daughter, who has Ollie in her hands. The lost toy is finally home, with his old and new owners embracing him, just like he dreamed of.