the fantastic flying books of mr morris lessmore


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.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore may be a contender for an Oscar in the Short Film category!

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10 Animated Shorts Move Ahead in 2011 Oscar® Race

Beverly Hills, CA (December 1, 2011) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

  • “Dimanche/Sunday,” Patrick Doyon, director (National Film Board of Canada)
  • “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios LA, LLC)
  • “I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat,” Matthew O'Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
  • “La Luna,” Enrico Casarosa, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
  • “Luminaris,” Juan Pablo Zaramella, director (JPZtudio)
  • “Magic Piano,” Martin Clapp, director and Hugh Welchman, producer (BreakThru Films)
  • “A Morning Stroll,” Grant Orchard, director and Sue Goffe, producer (Studio AKA)
  • “Paths of Hate,” Damian Nenow, director (Platige Image)
  • “Specky Four-Eyes,” Jean-Claude Rozec, director and Mathieu Courtois, producer (Vivement Lundi!)
  • “Wild Life,” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, directors (National Film Board of Canada)

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2012.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR MORRIS LESSMORE (Ou un pur court métrage d'animation! )


Oh my god. This encompasses everything I feel about books.


Be still my bibliophilic heart! <3


What a darling little film all about #books! The book, which I own, is quite charming as well.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by William Joyce


Projects we love #82

So iPad App developer people we’ve flicked the pages of “virtual” storybooks on an iPad and while it was exciting for the first two minutes - we’re over it.  At Ministry of Done - we’ve started wondering - “what could iPads do for the future of the children’s storybook?”

That is why we were so exciting to see an app released that takes the idea of reading, narrative and imagination to a new level.  We’ve been waiting for someone to totally re-imagine the idea of a storybook and the power of story-telling. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore iPad App is surely the most compelling yet. 

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Got The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore for Christmas since all but one of the Guardians of Childhood books were out of stock.

I love it so very much, and finally watched the short. I love it too.

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

“Following a hurricane which destroys his town Morris is whisked away to a colourful old house full of books which come alive and interact with him spreading happiness in the community. He remains their custodian for years until it is time for him to pass on and another guardian of the books take over from him.”

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