The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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Mr. Morris Lessmore won the Oscar for best animated short on Sunday night. Moonbot Studios really deserved it. Pixar has enough of them already anyway.

And the award-winning short film is also an interactive narrative experience. William Joyce’s “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”, blurs the line between picture books and animated film.

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. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a new narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time. (The print edition of the book of the same name by Willam Joyce will be coming out July, 2012).

Get the Ipad App here and watch the film below.

Oscar – Best Animated Short 2012

App of the Year, 2011: Apps Magazine

Best iPad App of 2011:

Reviews of the App:

“…Morris Lessmore is the best. It is a visually stunning bit of work with entertaining interactive features. …beautiful.”
- Bob Tedeschi, NY Times

“…at least one children’s e-book app is doing it very, very right.”
- John Pavlus, Fast Company

“A Game-Changing eBook App. Moonbot Studios [...] will have readers rethinking their engagement with the device as a storytelling machine. In a nutshell: gorgeous animation, inventive and playful interaction and quality content.”
- Daniel Donahoo,

“The future of kid’s eBooks”
- Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic