SUMMARY: In the aftermath of a hurricane, a man sets himself up as a librarian.
WHY IT’S HERE: William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’ is a beautiful celebration of literature which tells the story of a bibliophile who becomes a librarian in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane. Inspired by such sources as Buster Keaton, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and the real life tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’ is an instantly rewarding, moving experience which has elements of humour, sentimentality and warmth. The visuals are terrific, particularly in the opening hurricane sequences, and the tone is soothingly sweet and gentle, shamelessly plucking the heartstrings but aiming more for a lovely shared experience for a small group of bibliophiles than a manipulatively commercial steamrollering of the heart. ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’ struck a chord with many, including the Academy who awarded it the Oscar for its year.