(I posted this on the ISOCS Library Media Center blog, too - it's a case where the line between "book" and "ICT" is so blurred, it's disappeared!)
This morning I read an exciting post at A Year of Reading about "The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore. "THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE is an incredible story that seems to change things when it comes to what is possible with multimedia storytelling. First of all, it is a great story. I sighed when I finished and I watched other people sigh at the end too. It is a great story about the power of books and reading and the art (without the animation) is pretty incredible. The animation and the multimedia effects make the book and the story even better." (link) Click through and read the whole blog post. It will make you want to "read" the book yourself, and if necessary, buy an iPad 2 to do it with!
The plot summary describes the book this way:
"Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, 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 MGM Technicolor musicals. Morris Lessmore is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time."
Have a look at the book's website, for more plot description, photo galleries, some fascinating "making of " videos (see one of these, below), etc.
Here's the book trailer:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad App Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.
The book is available from iTunes and from the iTunes App Store.
Moonbot Studios, in Shreveport, LA (USA) describes itself on its Vimeo page as "a place where outstanding individual talents come together to bring extraordinary entertainment to our clients and our audiences from an array of media platforms." I'll agree with that!
The Making Of Morris: Part 3 (Thousands Of Books) from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.
Part 3 of a 9 part series of " The Making Of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. " Expect Part 4 July 1, 2011.