The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011) Review | Jamie Daily

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)
84th Academy Awards 2012
4/5 Stars
Won Best Animated Short (William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg).
Watched August 28, 2012.

I didn’t like this short quite as much as last week’s Dimanche/Sunday.  It is a story inspired by hurricane Katrina and the Wizard of Oz, complete with flying houses.  The main character is an author whose words get blown right off the page in the storm.  His once vibrantly colorful world is suddenly stripped black and white.  He walks past overturned homes and mourning neighbors as he searches for the letters that were once a part of his book.  Suddenly, he sees a woman flying past, being helped along by a flock of flying books.  One of her hard backed companions — Humpty Dumpty to be exact — jumps ship and leads him to a giant library of vibrantly colored books.  Through the help of Humpty Dumpty and several thousands of books, he finds the inspiration to write again, as well as to bring the books to the masses.


A cute, inspirational piece about the power of books and words, I felt like it was a bit too long, but well done overall.  It is done in the old, silent filmMGM style that I have been experiencing a lot of lately.  Because of that, I found it a little flat and modern and was wishing for an original silent film.  However, for those who haven’t been watching Richard Barthelmess or Janet Gaynor lately, this might be an enjoyable blast to the past with a modern twist.  If you want to spend 15 minutes of your life watching books fly, this would be a good choice for you.


Sources: IMDBHuffington PostMetromix New YorkBlack PlumeLos Angeles Times 

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