Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore!

Be still my bibliophile-writer- librarian's heart! The animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won the 2012 Academy Award! After viewing the film, I am in love. I even got teary-eyed at the end!

From its website, the film is perfectly described as:
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. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. 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 hyrbrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. "Morris Lessmore" is old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

If the name William Joyce sounds familiar, then you must be familiar with the books like A Day with Wilbur Robinson (which became the animated film Meet the Robinsons) and the character Rolie Polie Olie.

Now! As much as I would :: love :: to show you the entire film, I decided that you would have to do the work to find it or, even better, purchase it because I believe that William Joyce and and Brandon Oldenburg and their entire team deserve it! But, here is the trailer!

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