Take a minute to watch ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

If you haven’t already seen it, take about 15 minutes and watch “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” It’s a great animated short film that just won the Oscar. (Look how excited the directors were when they won.)

I had heard about the film about two months ago, but didn’t make time to watch it until recently. I love how it ties reading and writing together, and how it shows that books can help us escape. I was also struck by the question that Mr. Morris Lessmore asks in the book he’s writing: “If life is enjoyed, does it have to make sense?” Oftentimes, life doesn’t make sense, so we learn to embrace its complexities.

You can watch the video below. There’s also an animated storybook app that goes along with it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the video.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

One thought on “Take a minute to watch ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this! I just watched it, explored the app, and was inspired to write a column about it. I’ll send you the link to it once it’s live next week if you want.

    Hope all is well with you!

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