Animated Short Film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” Comes to iPad

Moonbot Studios, a multi-platform storytelling company, today announced The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore App, an animated children’s short film and book for iPad, is now available on the App Store. 

 To date, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore film has been accepted at over a dozen national and international film festivals, and has captured a number of honors including San Jose’s CINEQUEST Festival’s “Best Animated Short Film Award” and Cleveland International Film Festival’s “Best Animated Short Film Award.” 

“We’ve combined the 26 original pages of my book with the best animation from the film to create an interactive experience for readers of all ages,” said William Joyce, managing creative partner of Moonbot Studios. “We see iPad as a new way to experience a narrative. The result is an interactive story that involves the reader on an emotional and imaginative level that wasn’t possible until now.”

“When iPad was announced we knew instantly that we had the vehicle for debuting this new kind of immersive picture book,” explained Brandon Oldenburg, co-founder of Moonbot Studios. “It was the kind of technology we’d been waiting for, and we’re excited to now bring this interactive narrative experience to readers on iPad.”

The app includes a wealth of interactive elements tailored to help advance the story, including: 

– A piano keyboard that teaches kids how to play the song, “Pop Goes the Weasel” on life-like piano keys. 

– Alphabet cereal in the bowl that readers can rearrange to spell words or phrases. 

– Torn pages of old book illustrations that can be taped back together in a puzzle game. 

– Readers being able to lose themselves in the app by flying through its words and pages with a tilt of the screen. 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore App is available for $4.99 from the App Store on iPad or at 

A stand-alone version of the short film is available for $2.99 on iTunes or at