Monday, February 27, 2012

Louisiana Studio Wins at Oscars for Best Animated Short (Video)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won best animated short last night at the Oscars. (You can see the winning film in the video above.) It was created at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, La., by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. According to the AP, the studio held its own Oscar party last night, and that same article describes the film as follows:
The 14-minute long film follows Mr. Morris Lessmore during the aftermath of a storm in New Orleans. Through the power of stories and books, he finds happiness. It beat four other short films in the category including Pixar's "La Luna."
The Shreveport Times reports the following statements from Joyce and Oldenburg given after the pair won.
"Look, we're just these two swamp rats from Louisiana," Joyce said in his acceptance speech. " We love the movies more than anything. It's been a part of our lives since we were both kids."

"It's been a part of our DNA since we were children, and it's made us storytellers," Oldenburg added.
The video below documents the reactions of the folks at Moonbot when they found out their work had been nominated.

Oscar Nomination Announcements - Moonbot Studios from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

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