The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Last night Luke and I went out to Midtown to watch the Oscar Nominations for Animated Shorts. While each of the eight shorts was at times poignant, clever, odd, hilarious, and gorgeous in, this one, for obvious reasons, stood out. Book lovers will appreciate the childlike wonder of being swept away by books into a world of imagination, self-realisation and adventure. Louisiana-based directors William Joyce and Bradon Oldenberg take inspiration from hurricane Katrina, The Wizard of Oz, Buster Keaton and the silent film era (are we seeing a theme in this years films?), and I find the old fashioned artistic style delightful. Well worth a watch.

If you don’t already have date plans for Valentine’s Day this week (and by date I mean en couple, solo or with friends/family – why not, right?), and these Oscar nominees are playing at a theatre in your town, I can highly recommend checking them out. They’re the perfect mixture of sweet, gentle, and thought-provoking entertainment to suit any outing.

(Also, for all you Downton Abbey lovers, did you see this hilarious video, Watchin’ Downton? These girls are too funny.)

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