If, like me, you share a love of books, writing and stories, then watch this beautiful short animation that has been nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. You won’t be disappointed.
Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story.
Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a new narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards ®.
EDIT MARCH 2012: The film ended up winning the title of Best Animated Short.
wow. that was just beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.
I had to share it as soon as I watched it. I knew the subscribers of Storytelling Nomad would appreciate it :)
Katy, I loved, loved, loved this! Thank you for posting. I was just asking a friend of mine whether the nominated short films could be found on Vimeo. Am heading out to the theater today to see three of the Best Picture nominees.
Any time, Jill! I just fell in love with it when I saw it. Enjoy your day at theatre!
Dang it, I cried!
I got a bit teary myself!
Thats amazing! Thank you so much for posting! :)
You’re very welcome :)
Ok, this is just the sweetest thing ever. Loved it. Thanks for posting, Katy!
No problem Gretchen. Knew you guys would enjoy it!
Wow Katy….thanks for posting his….loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No problem, glad you enjoyed it!
Beautiful. I saw this some time ago…thank you for reminding me of it! Says everything there is to say about love, life and reading in 15 short minutes. Wonderful.
I’m glad I could reintroduce you to it :)
Thank you so much for posting. I enjoyed it so much. You’re right, it’s super-duper not disappointing. And one more thing, Mr. Lessmore is such a darling. Crushin’… :D
Glad I could be of service :)
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