THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE is the winner of Best Animated Short Film at this year's Academy Awards, and having just seen the film (embedded below), I have to say the win is truly well-deserved. So please check it out!
Official description: 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.
Short Film via First Showing