The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

I don’t normally post two videos in a row, but this is too good not to be shared right away. Fresh from an Oscar nomination for best animated short film, this little gem will tug the heartstrings of any book lover. The makers say that it was:

Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor.

I would add Pleasantville to the list of inspirations. Also, it’s an iPad app!

Do watch full screen to appreciate the details.

(Hat tip to Inge.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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9 Responses to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

  1. Lilaine says:

    Magnifique! 😀 Thank you for sharing(Inge, too 🙂 ).
    A very heartwarming chef-d’oeuvre. 🙂
    This little gem is worth more than any Oscar(or whatever other award it will certainly be conferred upon). Nothing less than the whole humankind’s appreciation and gratitude. (Heck, don’t you think so?) 🙂
    Oh, and the ‘bed’ and the ‘old, surgically-salvaged one'(seems to be an astronomy book) are written in French 😀 (must have a hidden meaning… other than the film being created in Louisiana).
    Gonna watch it again, too good!

  2. Ana_ñ says:

    A little gem, certainly! Thanks for sharing it.

    As an inveterate bibliophile, I had my moments of particular suffering. OK, yes, I have a thing for physical books 🙂

    Funny that he sleeps on a sci-fi novel as ‘Around the Moon’ by Jules Verne. Did you mean things like that when you talked about appreciating the details? 😉

    • Lilaine says:

      Oh, but you’re very clear-eyed, Ana_ñ! 😀
      And the old one seems to be an original edition of “Autour de la Lune”, too. 😮 ( Another hint to the deeper meaning of this film. :))
      Had I not been so enthralled by it, I might have had the curiosity to Google the text, though… :p No way I could have remembered this from when I last read it (say around 30 years ago…). 🙂

      • Ana_ñ says:

        Sorry for the delay, Lilaine. After the music and dance, the alarm clock rang in the little book and the text was clear. What piqued my curiosity was those “ingénieurs sélénites” which made him dream, how not to do so? 19th century scientific fantasy in two words! 😉 I had to find it. Googled; ruled out first “De la Terre à la Lune“ and it was “Autour de la Lune” 🙂

    • oregon expat says:

      Yep, that’s exactly what I meant.

  3. Linda Briganti says:

    Loved, loved, loved this. Thank you.

  4. Alma says:

    The colorless people reminded me more of a book I read as a teenager called The Giver, by Lois Lowry. It’s about a dystopia where everything is black-and-white because “sameness” brings order to keep people in line. There are no feelings (physical or emotional) and therefore no wishes for anything more. A boy named Jonas is chosen to be the new Receiver of Memories, and he starts to see colors and have feelings as he is given the memories by the old Giver. It’s a very disturbing read, though, just the opposite of most of this little film!

  5. Power Wench says:

    Thank you for this lovely story! Makes me want to go hug a book. Or a dozen books.

  6. Wonderful movie indeed. Sometimes I wonder how different my life would be with no books… or no joy in reading. I really cannot imagine it.

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