This week I ran across a surprisingly moving film. Even though it's animated, silent, and about 15 minutes long (all of which are not typically the ingredients of quality literary films), "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" apparently moved the Academy as much as it moved me. Having already picked up some awards at the Austin Film Festival and Cinequest Film Fest, the flick is now up for "Best Animated Short" at this year's Oscars.
The film opens with Mr. Morris Lessmore sitting on his French Quarter-style balcony writing a book whose letters and pictures seem to have a life of their own. When a hurricane suddenly hits, the words and pictures fly off into the sky, and Mr. Morris and everything else around him soon follow. The rest of the film is a love letter to books and a fantasy for any bibliophile who's ever dreamed of the day when his books will talk back.
Gracie, this film is mandatory viewing for you!
Check out the film at Moonbot Studios.