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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
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 »
A splendid film with many layered metaphors. Engaging and moving, well executed and paced. This film could be a precursor to some new and interesting talent in this genre, I certainly hope we hear more from the large team involved.
The trailer for this short wasn't adequate but I wonder if any trailer could have been. To sum up any elements in this film would miss several others and render the point confusing at best.
Books are our children, but unlike people they never die which means they can go on delighting us and our human children many years after their authors are dust. They can take us back in time to days of different ideas and different beliefs, they can transport us into the minds and hearts of others giving us a wide range of experience. In short, they're the Gutenberg version of the tribal tales that kept tradition and legend alive.
That's the core I got but there's a great deal more in this little gem of a short. Really worth seeing.
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