If you love books as much as I do (and don’t mind the tears sure to come to your eyes), then you’re definitely going to love the film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
The 15-minute short film, from author and illustrator William Joyce and co-director Brandon Oldenburg, just won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. In this allegory, you’ll meet a Charlie Chaplin-like character that discovers a library/aviary of flying books.
His journey reminded me how powerful our stories are and how poignant our human experiences. In fact, I’m sure you’ll watch this short again and again just to catch all the cutting-edge animation effects and the subtle plotlines.
The story is funny and quirky, lovable and sweet, universal and personal. While there are many messages, it perfectly expresses how I feel about printed books … they’re nearly human with unique personalities, individual sizes and shapes, textures and colors, needs and rewards. See for yourself.