The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: A Short Film

16 June, 2020
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a beautiful short film that encourages children to read.

It’s a good idea to encourage reading in children from an early age. That’s why, in this article, we’re bringing you a wonderful short animation about flying books, of approximately 15 minutes. It’ll allow us to reflect on the importance and value of books and reading in our lives.

The name of this short film is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. It’s directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg and was released in 2011, winning several awards, including the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2012. What are you waiting for? Click here to enjoy this beautiful film…but don’t forget to come back here afterwards!

Reading is fundamental for everyone’s development and education, but especially for the younger population. By reading, a person learns and enhances several cognitive skills, such as reflection, analysis, observation, attention, creativity, etc.

Children who read often tend to be more independent, and their thoughts are richer and more diverse. They’re less prejudiced, more respectful and better able to assimilate information and knowledge. Because of all this, we can say for sure that reading is very beneficial for young children’s development.

A scene from the flying books video.
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Raising children interested in reading

For children to become interested in reading, it’s vital for parents to work on this. To develop good readers, it’s important to provide many opportunities to read stories and books at home as a family. By doing this, children will grow up with the good habit of wanting to read.

In this sense, it’s important to point out that it’s not a matter of forcing them. Instead, you should encourage them to discover all the different stories and adventures they can find behind the cover of a book, and then live them out through the different characters.

“The verb to read, like the verb to love and the verb to dream, shouldn’t be used in the imperative form. Reading must be a form of happiness and no one can be forced to be happy.”

– Jorge Luis Borges –

The short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore allows us to reflect on all this.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a silent animated short film. But, despite the fact that it has no dialogue or narration, the viewer will remain glued to the screen at all times, as the story, the images and the musical accompaniment are great quality.

A man flying with books.
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This moving and humorous short film stars Mr. Morris Lessmore, a lover of books and the stories they tell. One day, this man is caught up in a great hurricane that transports him to another world, a grey and desolate world.

Fortunately, in this place, he meets a woman who’s traveling through the sky with the help of a group of flying books. The woman hands him a book, which leads him to a magical library full of books that seem to be alive. From this moment on, he begins to live with those books and spends his days reading them, repairing them, and writing his own stories, right into old age.

When he manages to finish writing his book, he decides to leave the magical library and flies away, carried by a group of flying books, just like the woman he had seen years ago. But the story doesn’t end there. A little girl enters the library and finds the book written by Mr. Morris Lessmore. And so history repeats itself, but this time at the hands of a little girl.