I wanted to leap from my seat when I heard the announcement that The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.Morris Lessmore won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. If only I had a book about Humpty Dumpty to play ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ on piano to accompany me, I would’ve been dancing about the room in pure joy.
Since I first heard about this movie from various blogs, I have watched it at least 20 times. Each time I view it, I fall deeper and deeper in love with Mr. Morris Lessmore and his books. If you are not already enamored, you must hurry on over to iTunes and download it for free. Seriously, don’t even finish reading my post. Go. Now.
In honor of its Oscar win, and because I thought leap day deserved something special, I showed the short film to my 8th grade language arts classes yesterday. Each class watched it all the way through—twice. I mean it is just that layered of a story. It needs time to seep into the marrow of one’s bones. What better way to spend the gift of an extra day than by reminding ourselves (through a story) of the important role stories have in our lives?
I read multiple articles about the short film that describe it as a movie about “the curative power of stories.” One thing that struck me about the film is that it covers the healing power of both reading and writing stories. The stories we read and share make up our own stories.
I am so lucky that Mr. Morris Lessmore’s story has found its way into my own story. I will tuck it away in a corner of my heart for when I need to be reminded that stories heal.