Nomination: Best Short Film, Animated - William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
If the guardians of printed literature ever wished to make a commercial to fight back against Kindles, iPads, and other e-readers, they couldn't do much better than to just show the lovely animated short "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore."
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" is a silent short film that tells the story of the joy one man finds in his books. The animation is a combination of mediums, and appears simple while being both beautiful and sophisticated. The filmmakers employ some creative, wonderful devices to tell the story, particularly the Humpty Dumpty flipbook, which give the film a charming lightness to counter the underlying melancholy of the film, resulting in a perfect tone.
"The Fantastic..." is the first of the nominated animated shorts that I have seen this year, so I can't say where it ranks with the other nominees, but it is a wonderful film and I wouldn't be surprised in the least if it ends up being my favorite animated short of the year.
You can watch "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" at the website of Moonbot Studios: http://www.moonbotstudios.com/
Remaining: 3177 films, 869 Oscars, 5456 nominations