The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

This week is all about books. If publishers and purveyors of the written word are the high rollers, then self-publishing insiders are holding their own at the penny slots. Whether trading on NASDAQ or trading on word of mouth, the book biz is a gamble. When the dust settles after the brick & mortar moguls finish their demolition and reconstruction, the structure that emerges will make the Bellagio look like a Dave & Busters.

The word on the street is that books in print may go the way of the dinosaur and readers everywhere will be retro fitted with a digital implant capable of holding every word ever written by man or machine. Who knows who will be first in line to get that hip and trendy device. It makes no difference. Books are treasures and someone somewhere will keep them safe. Hopefully.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is just what the title says. The beautifully crafted, nostalgic animation by award-winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg perfectly illustrates the relationship between book lovers and their books. When you escape into this sensational allegory, your day will become brighter than the Vegas strip.

3 thoughts on “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

  1. Loved this post Honie, and couldn’t agree more. But I can’t helping thinking you would be rather good in the science fiction genre. I really like the idea of that implant. 🙂

  2. Didn’t that animation win the Oscar this year? I never even heard of it ’til I saw the clip of it during the awards show. Being a lover of books myself, I wanted it to win and was glad when it did. Now I have to check it out!

    1. I didn’t see the Oscars…..um, don’t tell anybody okay Hala J.?
      I guess I’m just lucky to have seen the post on Kita We. I love this style of story telling. It gives me such sweet remembrances. I think my favorite elements were how the subtlety of the girl drifting by on the bunch of balloon books revealed itself and how the swirling stories transform Morris Lessmore into a young man again before he drifts away. Then just like in life, there was another young reader to take his place when he was gone.
      Glad you liked this post. Thanks for your comment.

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