Yesterday my kids went to bed with excitement because their favorite animation short film – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore -just won an Oscar statue (Best Animated Short film)!
Blended with computer animation and traditional hand-drawing, the 15-minutes film was made made by Moonbot Studios, a fledgling animation shop in Shreveport, Louisiana. Moonbot’s founders (William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg and Lampton Enochs) received the golden statue from competition with two films Sunday by Patrick Doyon, and Wild Life by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby from National Film Board of Canada, and two other short films. Founded in 2010, Moonbot studios has also developed and produced the iPad application, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
The story is about Mr. Morris Lessmore during the aftermath of a storm in New Orleans. Through the adventure he found true happiness and meanings in reading. All books become like flying birds in the virtual world. The visual enjoyment from the traditional image of books brings all our old joyful memories with paper books back. It’s a special feeling when ebooks and web browers occupy more and more of our reading experiences. And it definitely tells a great story to children about reading, at the same time it fills their young minds with creativity of digital storytelling.
You can watch The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore on YouTube, or downloading it for free in HD from iTunes. iPad owners could buy the related app ($4.99) that turns the film into an interactive narrative experience. (not on iPad1)
If you like to watch more Oscar films available online(for free), the link will take you to Open Culture website.