About The Animated Film
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 hybrid 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.
“Morris” was awarded the Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film in the 84th Academy Awards®.
One thing that really grab my attention while watching the 84th annual academy awards last night is this animated short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morries Lessmore. This award-winning short film is a visual treat to the eye for book lovers. Not just the story is about books but also the way it was creatively created.
The story is about Mr. Morris Lessmore, a man devoted to books. While he was sitting peacefully on his hotel’s balcony writing his book, he was swept away by a menacing storm. He then end up with his book in a land where books come alive and can fly.
The short film perfectly portray the power and magic of books. It is really a joy for a reader like me to see each books interact like a real character. In this film, the books can communicate to Mr. Morris Lessmore, they have feelings like a real person, they can dance and fly too. Those simple whimsical animations brought books into life.
I am also impressed with the creativity of this film. From the use of colors, to animations and story telling. Even the film doesn’t have any dialogue, still it perfectly deliver a beautiful message about the importance of books in our lives. Like when the black & white characters were borrowing or getting books from Mr. Morris Lessmore and he gives each of them a book. These black & white characters turns into colored characters which simply shows how books give colors into readers lives.
There’s also a part at near the end of the film where you’ll see Morris Lessmore writing in his book, “I seldom understand things”… and “If life is enjoyed, does it have to make sense?”, those simple words describes how readers take the written words into life. It doesn’t matter if the story make sense or not, it doesn’t matter if it is beyond the rules and laws of things, as long as we enjoyed and love the story the little details doesn’t matter. Because what is important is what we get from them after reading. Sometimes the power of written words is beyond our comprehension.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morries Lessmore is an enchanting story about the power of books and reading. It is simply magical and inspiring. I hope this simple animation will turn everyone into a reader especially the kids with their rich and powerful imagination.
The full video is currently up on youtube, but I’m not sure how long will this be available. So if you have few minutes to spare I highly recommend to watch it now.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is also available as an interactive eBook app on iTunes created by Moonbot Studios. Watch the trailer here:
A picture book will also be out by July this year.