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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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The award-winning short film is now an interactive narrative experience. William Joyce's "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore", blurs the line between picture books and animated film.

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. 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 new narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

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App of the Year, 2011: Apps Magazine

Best iPad App of 2011:

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"...Morris Lessmore is the best. It is a visually stunning bit of work with entertaining interactive features. ...beautiful."
- Bob Tedeschi, NY Times

" least one children's e-book app is doing it very, very right."
- John Pavlus, Fast Company

"A Game-Changing eBook App. Moonbot Studios [...] will have readers rethinking their engagement with the device as a storytelling machine. In a nutshell: gorgeous animation, inventive and playful interaction and quality content."
- Daniel Donahoo,

"The future of kid's eBooks"
- Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic

"Morris Lessmore is a magical and revolutionary iPad book.
- Jordan Golsen, Mac Rumors

"If any iPad program deserves its success, it's this one."
- Philip Elmer-DeWitt, C.N.N. Money

"Lovely and Fantastic"
- Christopher Healey,

"The most stunning iPad App so far"
- Rosa Golijan, MSNBC Gadgetbox

"Pitch perfect [...] an altogether winning app."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Moonbot sets the bar"
- Jennifer Bergen,

"It is not inconceivable that, at some point in the future, a short children’s story called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore will be regarded as one of the most influential titles of the early 21st century."
– Ben Machell, The Times - UK

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-Stream the animated short within the app
-Groundbreaking interface that’s actually fun
-A visual table of contents that anyone can follow
-Loads of games
-You can draw
-Play the piano
-Play with your food
-Lots of expensive beautiful animation
-Get sucked into the book with immers-o-vision (patent pending)
-Will make you laugh
-Will make you sigh
-And maybe make you cry (in a good way)
-Will make you love reading

What's New in Version 1.4.5

Bug fixes for our pals using the app in another language. We also fixed a few issues with animation.

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Customer Reviews

What?!? Updated

Updated February 2017
My app now works! It's a wonderful app for a wonderful story. I only wish the customer service had notified me when they fixed's been 3 months since I first put in my request.... only by chance, I decided to try it out today and was delighted to find it working again. I have no idea when Moonbot resolved the issue....but a big THANKS!

I have had this app for several years with no problems. Suddenly, when trying to read it with my grandchildren last month, I could no longer access the "short video" of this wonderful book. The site said I did not have permission to access it via Vimeo. I have sent in a request to the developers (two, in fact!) but have not received a reply. Very disappointed! Note: it now works on my iPad 2 but no longer on my newer iPad Air?!?

Absolutely beautiful in every way.

I bought this app 3 or 4 years ago, for my then-4- or 3-year-old grandchildren. They were fascinated by it and loved it. Now 7 years old, one of them played it again last week. It’s graphically and auditorily beautiful, the story line is wonderful— and actually very touching— and it's all aimed at instilling a love of reading and an appreciation of the wonders it may offer.

I cannot recommend The Fantastic Flying Books more highly. I’ve yet to see anything else like it. Get it!

(While you’re at it, get Moonbot’s "The Numberlys" too. It’s different, it’s clever, it’s fun, it’s also 5-star. The kids played it even more often than "The Fantastic Flying Books." Disclaimer: I have absolutely no connection with Moonbot. Simply bought their apps.)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris...

My son and I got this book/app when it first came out. He is 8 now and we still read it together. It is a wonderful story with fabulous graphics, I will always cherish this story as It has given me priceless memories and time well spent with my son. It really is a fabulous book.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Books
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  • Version: 1.4.5
  • Size: 436 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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