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An Academy Award for William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

At the 84th Annual Academy Award ceremony last evening, children’s book author, artist, and filmmaker William Joyce, and Brandon Oldenburg, received an Oscar for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, in the Short Film (Animated) category. The film was created at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, LA.

Screen shot from 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" (Joyce) Moonbot

Buster Keaton’s films and The Wizard of Oz were among the many inspirations for the 14-minute film, which incorporates fabulous set design, spectacular animation, and more than a touch of fantasy to create a spellbinding tale about the power of story that’s both poignant and timeless. An interactive app, based on the film, was released last year. Take a peek at the trailer and the elaborate set created at Moonbot for the story.

The latest app to come out of the studio is The Numberlys, which SLJ’s reviewer called “a cinematic story with a gorgeously rich orchestral soundtrack.” The Numberlys also pays homage to early films, in particular Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, as five pudgy figures, who live in a industrial world devoid of letters, mold and manipulate steel beams to create the alphabet. Moonbot Studios created a series of short videos on the making of The Numberlys.