Morris Lessmore

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I may not be handsome or rich like my namesake, but I like to think I’m at least a little bit clever. Love at first page, Day 2 of the February challenge by @journaling-junkie. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce is an illustrated short story and one of the most beautiful and touching stories I have ever read. I think everyone should read it.

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. 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 new narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time. 

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards.

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“Silent,” our animated short film with Dolby Laboratories and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) today received five Daytime Emmy nominations, including:

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program (Directors, Brandon Oldenburg, Limbert Fabian)
Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation (Re-Recording Mixer, Jurgen Scharpf)
Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation (Sound Editor, Steve Boeddeker)
Outstanding Music Direction and Composition (Composer, John Hunter)

“Silent” is a 3-minute animated short film featuring Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios’s Academy Award®-winning short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” Lessmore and his fellow street performer dream of bringing their “Picture and Sound Show” to life. When they discover a magical contraption inside an old theatre, they embark on a cinematic adventure of sight and sound, traveling through movie history to find the audience they always wanted. The collaboration celebrates how storytellers, inventors, and technology work together to create cinema magic.

“It’s an honor for our work to receive recognition from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It’s lead into one amazing crescendo of celebration here at Moonbot,” said Limbert Fabian, who co-directed the animated short film with Moonbot partner Brandon Oldenburg. The pair previously received honors at the Emmys for the work on a collaboration with Chipotle Mexican Grill, “The Scarecrow.”

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is one of this year’s Oscar nominees for best Animated Short Film. Haven’t seen such a good one for a long time!

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Awwwwwwww…esome!

Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor.

(via Nerdcore)