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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Os Fantásticos Livros Voadores de Mr. Morris Lessmore)

February 11th, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is an American animated short film by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, created at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana. After winning over a dozen film festivals, the film was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

An official iPad app based on the film is also available in the Apple App Store A book adaption is expected to be released in late 2012

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Storyline

Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, 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 MGM Technicolor musicals. Morris Lessmore is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – Trailer

William Joyce

William Joyce (born December 11, 1957) is an American author, illustrator, and filmmaker. Newsweek called him one of the top 100 people to watch in the new millennium. His illustrations appeared on numerous New Yorker covers and his paintings are displayed at museums and art galleries.

He has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books including George Shrinks, Santa Calls, Dinosaur Bob and his Adventures with the Family Lazardo, Rolie Polie Olie, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs and A Day with Wilbur Robinson.

Joyce is currently working on a series of novels and picture books, The Guardians of Childhood, consisting of a total of 15 books.

Joyce has received three Emmys for Rolie Polie Olie, an animated series based on his series of children’s books that airs on the Disney Channel. His second television series, George Shrinks, airs daily on PBS stations.

Joyce created conceptual characters for Disney/Pixar’s feature films Toy Story (1995) and A Bug’s Life (1998).

In 2001, after Joyce and Ice Age director Chris Wedge failed to adapt one of Joyce’s books to the screen, Santa Calls, they both came up with the idea for the animated film Robots (2005). Besides being one of the creators, Joyce also served as a producer and production designer.

In 2005 Joyce and Reel FX launched a joint venture Aimesworth Entertainments to produce feature films, video games and books. The new company set to make three feature films: The Guardians of Childhood, The Mischevians, and Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo, but they never got realized.

In 2007, Disney released Meet the Robinsons, a movie based on his book A Day with Wilbur Robinson, to which Joyce served as one of the executive producers of the film along with John Lasseter and Clark Spencer. In the same year, he designed the opening title sequence for Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

In August 2009, Joyce and Reel FX co-founder Brandon Oldenburg founded a Shreveport-based animation and visual effects studio MOONBOT Studios. The studio produced an Oscar nominated animated short film[8] and an iPad app The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. A book adaption is expected to be released in late 2012. The studio released in January 2012 another app, Numberlys, with a short film and a book coming later.

At DreamWorks Animation, he is currently co-directing a 2012 computer-animated film Rise of the Guardians, which is based on his series of picture books and novels The Guardians of Childhood. Also, his picture book The Leaf Men is currently being adapted into a 2013 computer-animated feature film by Blue Sky Studios. Joyce is writer, producer and production designer on the film.

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Brandon Oldenburg

As of August 2009, Brandon Oldenburg is a founding, managing partner in Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, LA. The state of Louisiana courted him to help bring animation and movie projects to the state. For this assignment, Oldenburg brings his special brand of creativity to the project.

Oldenburg began his career as a co-founding member of Reel FX Creative Studios in 1995 doing a combination of design and special effects for television and film. There he worked with such clients as Troublemaker Studios, Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks and Blue Sky Studios.

As Senior Creative Director for the first 10 years of the company Oldenburg helped establish Reel FX’s national reputation as a premier animation studio. Since 1998, Oldenburg has overseen a joint venture with famed author and illustrator, William Joyce (Robots & Meet the Robinsons.) What started out as an experimental puppet show has evolved into a joint venture to create three feature films. Joyce and Oldenburg’s other collaborations include Halloween decor for Martha Stewart, Parade Floats for Disney Theme Parks and Installations for The 100th Anniversary Exhibit for Peter Pan. Most recently they sold a story DreamWorks ten years in the making called “The Guardians of Childhood” set to release November 4, 2012.

Oldenburg’s work has won many industry accolades most recently an Inspire Design Award for Best Title Design in a Feature Film. Other works include multi-media installations, experimental puppetry and live drawing for fundraisers. Oldenburg and Brad Oldham collaborated on the initial design for the $1.4 million sculptural commission for DART called The Traveling Man, which has drawn local and national attention.

Brandon’s illustrations have graced the covers for such prestigious author’s books as Elmore Leonard and Michael Chabon. A ’95 Graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design, Brandon holds a B.F.A. in Illustration and a D.F.O. from the Lunar Lamadary in Nepal. He also holds a seat on the American Film Institute’s Board of Directors and serves as Artistic Director of the Tex Avery Animation Award. Last year he accepted a seat on the alumni board for Ringling School of Art and Design.

Source: www.bradoldham.com

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – iPad App
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z38EdtRHlnA

Put yourself in Morris’ shoes as you dive into the story of Mr. Lessmore and his flying friends through Moonbot Studios’ first Interactive Storybook. In this reinvention of digital storytelling you can repair books, tumble through a storm, learn the piano and even get “lost in a book,” flying through a magical world of words, giving you a dynamic journey through the story.

This iPad App has been touted by Apple as one of the “Top New Apps for the iPad,” and will surely be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Using rich CG animation, innovative interactivity, original composed music, and unique games sprinkled throughout the book, this App will revive a love of story in all.

Source: MoonBotStudios.com

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – Complete Movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNjtZ5V4P-c

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.

“Morris” is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards.®

Source: MoonBotStudios.com

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