fantastic flying books of mr morris lessmore


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Take a look at this interactive iPad app created by author/illustrator William Joyce. This is the future of children’s books. Download it.

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Was “The Artist” the only silent film to win an Oscar in 2012? As a matter of a fact, no!

The beautiful and gently comic short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore” was a very worthy winner of the Best Animated Short award, and the inspiration of the silent era and early sound era can clearly be felt.

Here it is, in its entirety. Enjoy!

2 Emmys for Silent!


Our collaboration with Dolby Laboratories and Creative Artists Agency (CAA), has received two Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® awards: Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program.

Silent features our very own Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios’s Academy Award®-winning short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”

See how Silent was made in this behind the scenes video:

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I absolutely love this. :: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – 2012’s Oscar Winner for Best Animated Short.


If you love to read or write then I highly suggest you take a few minutes to watch this animated short: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore”

The short begins with a terrible disaster. The entire town is left in shambles and words and letters seem to have vanished from the world. The towns people are at a loss for what to do and as despair sets in, the very color bleeds out of them. We see that they have no hope or imagination left in their lives. As the tale unfolds the townspeople are taught the curative power of story and we see how books return the favor to those who care for them.

I can still remember the first time I watched this animation, four years later I still find myself coming back to it. This short explains the joy of reading in such a magical and powerful way that I can’t even properly explain it. I watch this and I’m reminded of the joy I found when I opened my first book and truly entered a world filled with adventure, heroes, magic, battles and characters that became my closest friends. It reminded me of nights where I stayed up till 2 or 3 in the morning flying through chapters just to make sure my favorite character would end up okay. It reminded me of the time I threw “Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix” at the wall after Sirius Black died and I cried my eyes out. It reminded me how comforting books can be. But mostly it reminded me why I love to read.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore


“If life is enjoyed, does it need to make sense?”

William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood is one of the current exhibitions at the Upcountry History Museum in my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina.
It’s on display through June 7th and features close to 100 pieces spanning Joyce’s illustrative career.
From his early picture books to the Academy Award winning short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, the exhibition presents a wide ranging look at Joyce’s various works.

If you want to see the originals of some of Joyce’s Guardians work or any of his many other pieces, you may want to check out the gallery showing in Greenville, SC.