The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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.

17 comments on “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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