The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore


My family and I have a tradition of viewing all of the Oscar films nominated for best picture before the Academy Awards ceremony.  Last year, we came across the opportunity to see all of the nominated short films in a movie theater, so we watched all of both the live action and the animated shorts that were nominated.  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was the 2012 Oscar winner for the Best Animated Short Film, and it was my favorite out of the approximately ten animated shorts I watched.

 The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore tells the story of Mr. Morris Lessmore who is swept up in a hurricane and is transported to a house in the country that is full of various books of all different colors, sizes and shapes.  His adventures are shared with the audience, and as a love of books, I was able to completely relate with Mr. Morris Lessmore.  As alluded to in the title, the books can fly, and this only adds to the magic of the film.  The hurricane in the film is in reference to Hurricane Katrina, placing a positive twist on the unfortunate disaster that devastated and affected numerous people.  Visually, this film is exceptionally well done and the animation style is exquisite.  Above all, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore shares the power that literature can have in a beautiful and creative manner.

 I am not ashamed to admit that this short film made me cry.  Many other people in the movie theater were also touched, sniffles were heard all around.  It was incredible how much emotion was packed into an extremely short film about flying books.  I also believe that if a film can cause such a strong emotional response in a large group of people, then it is really something.

 If you have seen The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, then you will understand where I am coming from.  If you have not yet seen this film, you have to take fifteen minutes and be transported into the beautiful world of fantasy that is so perfectly created.

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