Can an App really be a Book?

by debbiemiller767

E-Books can be quite controversial in the world of publishing but the new App “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” by Moonbot Studios have done there best at combining a well-written bedtime story and an immersive animated movie.

Moonbot Sudios along with author/illustrator William Joyce, created an interactive book-app and a standalone animated film — so you can experience “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” however you like.

William Joyce is an accomplished illustrator and animator, who’s published New Yorker covers, won Emmys, created character designs for some of Pixar’s first animated classics, and worked for both Dreamworks and Disney. 

Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books,  is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor.

Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation), William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that brings us back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals.“Morris Lessmore”  it is both old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

In this reinvention of digital storytelling you can repair books, tumble through a storm, learn the piano and even get “lost in a book,” flying through a magical world of words. Using rich CG animation, innovative interactivity, original composed music, and unique games sprinkled throughout the book, this App will revive a love of story in all.

The technology is a celebration of the books but quite literally adds another dimension to what printed paper can do. Is this the way of books in the future? Only time will tell.