26 February 2012
Sunday Salon: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)
One of the nominees for Best Animated Short in tonight's Oscars is a 15-minute film entitled "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore". I'll be honest: I was going to post a link to this film simply based on the title and the 30-second clip that I saw on CBS Sunday Morning. I decided against it because I figured there would be plenty of book bloggers posting about this film and doing it in a more eloquent manner than I could. Then I watched the film. Oh, my gosh! I just had to add my voice to any others out there touting this work of art.
This film moved me way more than I expected. I was the rare child who didn't like cartoons and I never had patience for wordless books. This short is animated and wordless, but I figured I could sit through it for 15 minutes. Instead, I was engaged right away. The animators did such a great job of bringing the books to life, and the musical score played a great supporting role. I would mention my favorite parts, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone!
The creators, Moonbot Studios, have a interactive storybook version of the film available for the iPad. One of their other apps, called The Numberlys, is also a storybook app about the creation of the alphabet. Judging from these two outings, they seem to be bookish folk. I hope they do well tonight.