Watch: Animated Short Oscar Winner 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore'

February 27, 2012
Source: YouTube

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

What does it take to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short? Find out here, as one of the surprise wins last night was The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore in that very category. It features no dialogue, but does use a variety of animation techniques, including stop-motion, miniatures, 2D animation and CGI. From their site: 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. It's a great short (found via The Film Stage), definitely worth the time to watch.

Here's the full Oscar winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, on YouTube:

The Oscar winning short, titled in full The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, was co-directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg entirely in Louisiana at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport. The film is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. "Morris Lessmore is old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time," their description says. No wonder it won the Oscar, it's very much the Hugo (or even The Artist) of the animated category. However, I personally loved Enrico Casarosa's La Luna (review here), the Pixar short playing in front of Brave this summer. I still think that's my favorite animated short of last year, but this was wonderful as well. For more info on Morris Lessmore, visit their official site.

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I had no doubt in my mind. I knew this was going to win, and rightfully so! It is so imaginative and fun and LOVELY ughh i love it.

fem!anon on Feb 27, 2012



Robert on Feb 28, 2012


The iPad interactive book app that goes with it is a work of beauty also.

DJROBL on Feb 28, 2012



Mathias Nilsson on Feb 28, 2012


Amazing. I haven't seen the contenders, but this deserved a win.

McWetty on Mar 1, 2012


This was just like when I saw it in the theaters. Also, this reminds me of up when the man walked up the hill and got older each time.

Jackmonney9 on Mar 3, 2012


Simply lovely!

Alisony on Mar 10, 2012


 awesome short. it deserved the win.

Daman19 on Mar 11, 2012



PDX Animation Fan on Mar 14, 2012


i am really sorry for this company

jhxdfjhjf kdjksdjk on Mar 16, 2012


awesome! this is one lovely way to show young people and children, how to give new live to the old books. 

Joaquín Colín Soto on Mar 23, 2012

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