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“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” is a fourteen-minute cartoon directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.

The piece is about the joy of books and took the Best Animated Short Film Oscar in 2011. A book adaptation, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, was published in 2012 and was written and illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm.

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  1. For all the bibliophiles of the world, this is a poignant rendition of the great love that gives our hearts wings. It makes me want to work faster to birth the books I still have within me!

  2. very nice little short as the Scottish poet ALEXANDER SMITH said: "Books are a finer world within this world!" How true.

    Books have souls. Never doubt that. I have spoken with Aristotle and Plato and Cicero and Jesus. And through a glass darkly I have seen the reflection of the face of God.

  3. Pardon me where pardon is needed, but I can hardly see a film like this without thinking of two of the greatest "Twilight Zone" episodes ever made, both with Burgess Meredith in the main role: "The Obsolete Man," and "Time Enough At Last." The obsolete man is obsolete precisely because he loves books. "Time Enough at Last" is about a misanthropic man who wants only to be let alone to read. While this can be an apt warning to some of us including myself, I like the warmth of the film here (Mr. Morris), which is the counter to "Time Enough At Last." As Swift says in "The Battle of the Books," we see here instead the bees' reply to the spider, "we have rather chosen to till our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light."

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