The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg is the amazing story of the power of books and the written word.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is easily my favorite Oscar nominated short animated film. You can watch the entire film right here at the top of this post. I can’t even express how happy I am that the creators made the film available to watch for free online. I have immensely enjoyed sharing it with friends and family.
Storyline from IMDB:
Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, 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 MGM Technicolor musicals. Morris Lessmore is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
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