If you were surprised when Pixar didn’t win the Best Animated Short Oscar at last Night’s Academy Awards, you’re not alone. Pixar is so huge and talented that we all sort of just expect them to pick up awards these days.
That being said, the actual Animated Short winner -- William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – is an impressive achievement. If you happened to not catch it before the awards ceremony (like 99.9% of the rest of us), you can remedy that by checking it out below – just don’t dilly dally, because iTunes has already started charging $1.99 to download it in the wake of its Oscar triumph.
According the short's official site, Lessmore utilized a variety of animation techniques (miniatures, CGI, 2D animation), and was a tale inspired by Hurricane Katrina, The Wizard of Oz, and the comedy of Buster Keaton. It’s a celebration of books, stories, and the people who love them – and it’s certainly a worthy Oscar winner. Don’t just take our word for it – watch the full 15 minute short below and let us know if you agree.