the fantastic flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was visually modeled after the silent film actor Buster Keaton. The film drew particular inspiration from the storm scene in Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. and the tornado from The Wizard of Oz. Also an inspiration was the real-life Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005. With the exception of an anachronistic television, the film appears to be set in the 1920s. watch here (x)

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Got a chance to see the Oscar-nominated animated shorts tonight, and there were some impressive clips nominated, including a cute Pixar short. But all pale in comparison to “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” above, which on a purely animation level is on a whole ‘nother level. But what’s even more fascinating is that the clip is also available as an iPad app in interactive story form, which is pretty frickin’ fascinating and a great publishing model for short films. (Ironically, the film is about how great the printed book is.) Is MoonBot Studios the next Pixar? Maybe it’s too soon to ask that (though it has a former Pixar staffer at the helm), but you certainly feel like they’re onto something.

EDIT: Changed it to a non-private video.


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’

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William Joyce.

I know that he created “Rolie Polie Olie” and won the Oscar for his short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” but I didn’t know that he wrote the book “A Day with Wilbur Robinson” that was made into the movie Meet the Robinson’s, also your books “Rise of the Guardians” are being made into this amazing movie as well. You are the greatest guy in THE WORLD! Would love to be a voice for one of his characters one day :) Thank you again for signing my book today!


¿Te gusta leer? Entonces te gustará este genial corto de animación (digno de Pixar, ¿eh?).

“Los Fantásticos Libros Voladores del Señor Morris Lessmore” del estudio MoonBot.


I've seen a connection in William Joyce's recent works...
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” - An animated short film which is dedicated to the memory of Joyce’s daughter, Mary Katherine.

  • Rise of the Guardians” -  Based on the on-going book series, “Guardians of Childhood”, which was conceived by a question asked to Joyce by his daughter, Mary Katherine.

    The book series also features a young girl named Katherine.

  • Epic” - An animated film based on “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs”, where there is one female character named… Mary Katherine.

…where are those damn tissues!?

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is an Academny award Winning Short by Moonbot Studios. The short came out in 2011, but is still an inspiring combo of traditional animation, computer animation, and even some stop motion elements (with real set pieces).

I highly recommend checking out this tribute to story, as well as the small but professional studio that created it.