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[WATCH] Academy Award-winning Best Animated Short Film THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE

This year’s Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short was surprisingly not a Pixar film, but rather a 15-minute ode to the curative powers of books. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore tells the story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favour. Directors William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg were inspired in equal measures by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, and they used a variety of animation techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) to bring their vision to life. The short is an interesting and wonderful blend of a modern, hybrid style of animation and old-fashioned influences (silent films, MGM Technicolour musicals), although it’s difficult to judge how deserving its Oscar win is at this stage since we won’t be able to see Pixar’s La Luna until Brave opens in June.

Watch The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore below (via Slashfilm).

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  1. Joseph Dozier

    very heartwarming

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