Reading frenzy

Saturday February 11, 2012 Written by wilfred

Buster Keaton was inches away from sudden death when that house dropped on him. Fortunately for William Joyce and co-director Brandon Oldenburg, animating similar stunts is way less dangerous. Their short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore mixes Keaton's silent comedy and The Wizard of Oz in a story about the pure escapism found in great books.

What's most impressive here is the uniquely beautiful world they've rendered from a dizzying array of non-live action techniques. And unlike Keaton risking life-and-limb, all they got were a few papercuts.