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

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

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.