Flying Books at the Oscars

February 9th, 2012 by

oscar-statuetteYou probably already know that two movies based on children’s books have been nominated for Best Picture Oscars this year (Hugo and War Horse). You may even know that last year, an animated short film based on a children’s book won an Oscar (The Lost Thing). But did you know that this year, a film not based on a book but ABOUT books is up for an Oscar?

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is nominated in the Animated Short category. And as you can guess by the title, the story is about a man who lives among flying books. He fixes up old ones, matches just the right tales with folks who want to read ’em, and even does some dancing with them!

You can watch the whole film below — and I really suggest you do because it’s completely lovely. But just a warning: you may not want to watch it in public because it’s quite moving at the end. I snuck in a viewing at work, and I had to fight back tears at the office! Then again, I tend to weep at books, TV shows, and movies pretty easily…

Why don’t you just watch The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore for yourself and leave me a comment with YOUR thoughts!

— Karen

Karen really wouldn’t mind a life like this; she highly prefers the company of books over people anyway.

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