The Short cut
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 Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards ®.
The iPad Application
Put yourself in Morris’ shoes as you dive into the story of Mr. Lessmore and his flying friends through Moonbot Studios’ first Interactive Storybook. In this reinvention of digital storytelling you can repair books, tumble through a storm, learn the piano and even get « lost in a book, » flying through a magical world of words, giving you a dynamic journey through the story. This iPad App has been touted by Apple as one of the « Top New Apps for the iPad, » and will surely be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Using rich CG animation, innovative interactivity, original composed music, and unique games sprinkled throughout the book, this App will revive a love of story in all.
The Picture Book
The story that inspired the Academy Award®-winning animated short film is now an all-new picture book, available in stores now!
« If you loved the Oscar-winning animated short , you will take to heart the book on which the film is based. William Joyce exploits each medium to the fullest, offering moments unique to film and book while staying true to the love story of Mr. Morris Lessmore and his books.« –Jennifer Brown, Shelf Awareness
« The picture book version of Joyce’s story has a quiet contemplative charm that demonstrates the continuing allure of the printed page. Joyce’s work will inspire contemplation of the power of the book in its many forms.« –Kirkus (Starred Review)