Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

So often the films nominated for Oscars in the less familiar categories are ignored by the general public. These are usually the documentary and short film categories, which you have to make a lot of effort to find usually. For "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg offer up a unique style of animation that is reminiscent of a silent film like "The Artist" (2011).

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a charming story about the curative powers of story. The story follows a young man in love with books and writing who is swept away by a tornado (similar to The Wizard of Oz). When the storm settles, everything is in black-and-white with his book void of writing. He comes across a library full of living, flying books that brings joy (and color) back into his life, and in turn, he takes care of them.

Here is the full version, so watch it while you can as they get pulled off the Internet sometimes. This is my pick for best Short Animated Film (5 Quacks)...

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