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Watch the Oscar-Winning Animated Short 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore': VIDEO


Books and the curative powers of storytelling are celebrated in the moving animated short from Moonbot Studios which won the Oscar this year.

Open Culture adds:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore offers a modern tribute to an old world. Made with an animation style that blends stop motion with computer animation and traditional hand-drawing, the silent film pays homage to a bygone era when elegantly printed books inhabited our world.

Check out the whole whimsical, delightful thing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The book was wayyyy better, yall.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 28, 2012 1:20:54 PM

  2. Quite simply, a masterpiece. Better than any feature length movie this year.

    Posted by: Iwontgrowup | Feb 28, 2012 1:38:13 PM

  3. That was simply amazing and so emotional, what a journey.

    Posted by: RonTEX | Feb 28, 2012 1:38:28 PM

  4. Chills, lots of 'em.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 28, 2012 1:50:33 PM

  5. Man, books are dangerous. (also it was lovely).

    Posted by: RandySF | Feb 28, 2012 2:19:34 PM

  6. Can you watch this on your Kindle?

    Posted by: Charlie | Feb 28, 2012 3:19:24 PM

  7. The Ringling School of Art

    Posted by: megamike | Feb 28, 2012 3:58:54 PM

  8. They have got to be kidding. That was the worst one of the whole bunch.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 28, 2012 4:14:52 PM

  9. Stunning. Filled with so many film references: Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, flip book and carousel animation, John Ford, To Kill A Mockingbird. When animation is done for the love of the art it can bring boundless gifts, but unfortunately the bulk of it is only produced as product. For those who love animation this short film is a rare treasure. Thanks for posting.

    Posted by: Stranded | Feb 28, 2012 4:54:44 PM

  10. I didn't really get it either.
    I saw all of the Oscar nominated shorts in the theater, and this year's crop was lackluster. No offense to the director of this short, I just thought it was boring.

    Posted by: ScoobaSteve | Feb 28, 2012 5:35:43 PM

  11. I didn't get to attend my friends' usual mass-outting of viewing the nommed shorts this year, but they all picked this as their favorite, and were pleased when it won - just as I was pleased to finally see it. It's delightful. To each their own, I suppose. This one's my cup of tea. Your mileage may obviously vary. But, le sigh, there's no accounting for taste. ;-)

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 28, 2012 5:54:28 PM

  12. loved it
    brought tears to my eyes

    Posted by: stephen | Feb 28, 2012 9:22:26 PM

  13. I absolutely loved this short and was so happy when it won on Sunday. Like quite a few of yoir readers, i also shed a tear at the end of this one. The film that won Live Action Short, "The Shore," was also superb.

    Posted by: Charles | Feb 28, 2012 11:09:17 PM

  14. This deserved it. Pretty well can sum up life!

    Posted by: Darrell | Feb 29, 2012 11:31:54 AM

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