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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)

After a hurricane levels his city, a young man wanders into a mysterious library where books literally come to life.

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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. Written by Anonymous

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The film includes a mix of various animation and live action techniques, 3D computer characters, miniature sets and traditional 2D hand drawn animation. The miniature sets filled an entire motion picture sound stage. Production achieved a staggering number of camera set-ups in a very limited time-frame, doing 375 set-ups in just 5 days. The directors had the animation team relentlessly watch a number of classic Buster Keaton films as inspiration for the Morris Lessmore Character. See more »

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Best Short Ever - Do not miss this one
28 November 2012 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Recently I was at the local kids bookstore in my hometown. I happened upon the best book called "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." I don't know why this book grabbed my attention as it was sitting in the middle of a bookshelf between tons of other books. I picked it up and opened it and wow my new favorite book. I brought it home (yes I paid for the hard cover version) and read the whole thing. I realized after reading the book that this was a short film as well. Not just any short film but an academy award winning short film. I decided to look it up. GREAT GREAT GREAT film. Super imaginative with outstanding animation. A must see. Its only 15 minutes long. You should totally watch (and possibly with a box of Kleenex). My mom read the book before she watched the film and she cried. This is not only my new favorite book but now its my new favorite short animation. This is a must watch for everyone including the kids out there and those of us who are young at heart.


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