I was intrigued by the film when it was announced on January 24 as one of the five nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards’ Best Animated Short Film category.
The film started with Mr. Morris Lessmore sitting peacefully on his hotel’s balcony writing his book before he was swept away by a menacing storm that ravaged through the town to a land where books come alive and can fly.
You might find the story plot a little familiar because Louisiana-based Moonbot Studios created the film inspired by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina and the classic story of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Aesthetically, one of the most beautiful aspects of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is its lack of narration, adopting a silent approach to convey a story about the love for words.
Such silence also adds on a tinge of old-fashion feel to the film which the studio says presents a “hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals.”
Think of the “Tom and Jerry” cartoon series and you are almost expecting the techniques of this film to be along those lines.
This 15-minutes film will whisk you off to a magical world of fluttering literary books and ideas that is a real gem worth watching again and again.
An iPad app is also available for this film. Check it out here.