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.

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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.



“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.”