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.
If people could hear the way I talk to books at the library, they’d probably be a little concerned, all things considered.
Here are just a few of the things I have said on a regular basis to the inanimate objects at my job.
“Hey. You don’t go there. Get back here!” (Upon discovering a book that had fallen between shelves and, naturally, fell even farther as I grabbed for it)
“Oh. Oh you guys are alll out of order. Hang on, hang on it’s okay, I can fix it. I’ll make it better.” (self explanatory)
“Oh for the love of- Can you not?” (sometimes things like to jump off the cart with the sound of a free heart attack. I dislike having to dive for books so I don’t scare the living daylights out of the patrons)
(I swear, if life were like The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, I’d have it made)
Oh, and here’s the weirdest one from the week:
“I have you now. A valiant, if ultimately futile, bid for escape. But there is no escape.” (aka a few books slid off the shelf and I caught them before they hit the floor. I should probably not be talking to books like I’m a supervillain.)
“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.”
The Academy Award winning short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and the DreamWorks film Rise of the Guardians both contain a dedication to William Joyce’s daughter Mary Katherine Joyce who died of a brain tumor in 2010 at the age of 18.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore(2011) (x) - directed by William Joyce (creator of Meet the Robinsons, Rolie Polie Olie, Rise of the Guardians) and Brandon Oldenburg for Moonbot Studios. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated) in 2011. When a tornado strikes the French Quarter of New Orleans, Morris Lessmore is lead by a flying book to a library filled with them, each with its own distinct personality! The short runs fifteen minutes and can be seen on YouTube or purchased on iTunes. For more animated oddities click here!
Woke up this morning to see the Oscars exploding all over my dash. I didn’t even care enough to stay up and watch it. Is most of the uproar about Hugo winning awards and Potterheads being butthurt over it? XD Man, I’m a Potterhead, and I don’t give a shit about anything. Who cares if the film didn’t win? No offense, it wasn’t exactly the greatest piece of cinematography ever, nor was the editing that great. Stop hating on a different movie and a different fandom just because you’re upset about your own fandom being slighted.
ANYWAY. The only category I cared about was the Short Film (Animated) section, and YES, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won! I’m happy!
If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s an absolutely beautiful piece with fantastic artwork and amazing animation and an equally amazing story.