One of the most surprising wins from Oscar 2012 was The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short, beating Pixar’s La Luna among the others.
It has almost no dialog, it is charming and witty, and combines a variety of animation techniques, including traditional stop-motion technique, along with miniatures, 2D animation and CGI.
Furthermore, it is inspired by a wind-mixture of Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005, the storm scene in Buster Keaton, the tornado from The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books.
Animated short film by author and illustrator William Joyce
and co-director Brandon Oldenburg
was created at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana is old fashioned and cutting-edge hybrid at the same time.
The Morris Lessmore short is now online and you can watch it below.
William Joyce said:
We made Morris Lessmore with passion, sweat and every nickel we could rub together. To see it embraced by the Academy is the biggest smile imaginable.