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Rated NR · 85 minutes

Animated
This program collects the five nominees for best short animation. My favorite by far, and winner of the Oscar, is William Joyce and Brandon Oldenberg's charming fantasy The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which follows a frankly Keaton-esque hero as a hurricane pulls his terraced hotel into the sky and whisks him away to a land where books fly around like gentle birds. The storm sequence that opens the short melds together the cyclone of The Wizard of Oz, with its characters floating in air, and the spinning house gag from Keaton's One Week. Once the hero is deposited in book land, however, the movie references begin to disappear and the short matures into a lovely story about the joy (and sadness) of spending a life in the library. Also screening are Patrick Doyon's Dimanche, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby's A Wild Life, Orchard and Sue Goffe's A Morning Stroll, and Enrico Casarosa's La Luna.


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