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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.


William Joyce
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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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This film is based on a children's story by William Joyce, that he began in 1999. It will be published in June of 2011 by Simon & Schuster. See more »


Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) See more »

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Best Short Ever - Do not miss this one
28 November 2012 | by ecrashe-541-936793See 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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Release Date:

24 September 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I fantastici libri volanti di Morris Lessmore See more »

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Moonbot Studios See more »
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Dolby Digital
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