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Shreveport's Moonbot studios gets Oscar nomination for animated short film

Posted: Updated: Feb 7, 2012 04:28 PM CST
Nominated for an Oscar: Moonbot's animated short film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" Nominated for an Oscar: Moonbot's animated short film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport film and animation studio is celebrating an Oscar nomination for it's first released animation project.

 

Moonbot Studios animated short film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, is one of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards,® which take place on February 26, 2012.

The film can be downloaded and viewed for free on iTunes.

The newly opened Moonbot Studios is based in Shreveport, Louisiana and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is the company's first released animation project.

 

[WEB EXTRA: Click here to hear more from Moonbot's founders on how it came to be in Shreveport]


The film's plot summary explains that it is "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."

 

Read more from Moonbot studios on their reaction to the nomination here.

  

Their iPad app based on the short film was named "App of the Year" by Apps Magazine, a UK based technology magazine.

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

[Click here to view clips of this year's Oscar-nominated films.]


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