The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Congratulations to William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg for winning this year's Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The 15 minute film 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), Joyce and Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. Here's a gallery of pictures from the making of the film. To see the film itself, you'll need to download it on iTunes, but you can watch a preview here. William Joyce will be releasing the book in July of 2012, and we'll make it available here at the Library, when it is published.


Yes, I highly recommend the Oscar winning short film to fans of books. I first watched it online, then saw it on the big screen. It's magical.