“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore”

Check out this exquisite promo for a William Joyce’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore:

I’m not sure if this is a trailer for a longer film, or simply a part of the installation Joyce’s Moonbot Studios created for ArtSpace in Shreveport, Louisana. According to the website, the project is…

…inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

The exhibit runs through January 29th and is free. For more information click here.

(Thanks, David Cowles)


  • Tim Schuit

    Um…that looks fucking amazing!

  • Jmatte

    That’s very charming! I do hope this could be used for a longer project.

  • http://kelseighn.blogspot.com Kelseigh

    Hmmm, the site lists it as “in production”, and the storyboard samples seem to suggest scenes that weren’t in the video, so here’s hoping that it actually is a trailer. I would certainly go see a movie with this sort of quality, and embracing those themes and inspirations, and get the DVD besides!

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  • The Gee

    Wow.
    I have a love or hate relationship with animated adaptations of his work but this one looks fun.

    Whatever the purpose is, I agree, it would be cool if this is part of something larger.

  • http://www.mikeadair.com Mike

    This is awesome! It is lit so well and is so charming. Then I glance up at the “Mars Needs Moms” thumbnail and can’t help but think things are upside-down a bit.

  • Ben

    Wow, this is really incredible work! I’ll have to keep a lookout for Moonbot’s projects.

  • http://www.txesco.com Txesco

    How nice! I think it’s a very suggestive trailer with that mixture of referents, Buster Keaton, books, Humpty Dumpty, hurricanes and the amazing version of that popular song!!!!
    Congrats Moonbot!

  • http://utopiamoment.ca Jack Ruttan

    Too awesome to be a real movie. To get it made, they’ll need to ‘tude it up, bring in R. Zemekis, and all that “cool” stuff you guys have been complaining about.

  • Je3ff

    Compelling, beautiful trailer.

    Children’s song, children’s literature, natural disaster, books (knowledge), Buster Keaton, Southern architecture, traditional orchestration, and a variety of animation techniques all masterfully handled to tell a story with no dialogue (in the trailer.)

    I eargerly look forward to the final short (deduced from the website’s Festivals page in “hold” mode, along with Kelseigh’s above observation of the “in production” status.)

    Although not the only audience, public libraries and partrons are quite likely to just love it.

  • The Gee

    You all are checking out blog link provided, aren’t you? Do.

    They are situated in Louisiana. There’s a lot of creative folks down that way but it is nice to see a final product from down there. Right on!

  • http://www.stevelightart.com Steve Light

    This looks fantastic—PLEASE someone promise me this will NOT be 3D so I can go see it.

  • Alissa

    Soooo pretty…I really hope there’ll be more in the future!

  • Scarabim

    My god that was AWESOME!!!!

    I wanna see more!

  • http://cabbagesandkingsanimation.blogspot.com Zimos

    IMDB lists it as a 17 minute short with no “in production” or “pre-production” credits listed for a longer version than that.

    • Ani

      I think the IMDB page is still processing

  • Bob

    I love Joyce’s work — but have been deeply disappointed by the films based on, or inspired by, his books. This — however — looks like one of his pages come to life! I’m delighted and can’t wait to see the whole thing!