You can watch the full Oscar winning short below.

Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and a love for books, ‘Morris Lessmore’ is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. ‘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.