The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2014)
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. … More
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What a mesmerizing piece of work. "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" is the definition of a definitive animated short. With immaculate animation and movement, dazzling visuals, and a provocative narrative, everything works here to illustrate its powerful theme and message with pinpoint precision. A must watch for all movie fans.More
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
It is sort of a funny story, because today I just got accepted into the University Oldenburg went to, and coincidentally met people that are very close to him. I couldn't help but to watch this movie.
This is by far one of the cutest animated short films that I have ever seen. I highly recommend it. It will melt your heart every minute and you would really wish the movie was longer, because it has got some serious potential. Its metaphorical symbolic yet subtle style is remarkable.
i related to this story so closely. i am an avid reader and i believe in the magic of good literature. this film is perfectly made. i cant believe it said so much in so little time.More
This 15 minute animated short should win the Oscar in its category. It looks amazing and the narrative touches the heart. A man sits on his veranda in Louisiana writing a book. A storm blows in like the tornado swooping in on the farm house in The Wizard of Oz. The letters are blown off the book's pages and everything is trashed in town. Things turn black and white. This was when I first noticed how much the main character was designed to look like Buster Keaton. Eventually he is led to an old library. Inside he finds the fantastic flying books and is restored to color. He finds joy and adventure amongst the books. The man starts lending out books and in Pleasantville fashion more people are turned from gray to color. The man starts writing his book again and lives a long life in service to the flying books. Another great story dealing with the theme of literacy that would make a great companion piece to Hugo.More
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