Don't Judge A Book By Its App

Animated Shorts / apps / Books / ipad / oscars   Posted on Feb 28, 2012 by Annette Lee

The only category I managed to see all the nominations for this year was Animated Shorts.

And while I found the group not as fun as 2009’s offerings, my favorite short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” won night’s most coveted man.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

I’m a book person. I love opening pages, folding them and sometimes (just sometimes) skipping to the last few pages to sneak a peak at the ending. So to spend a life being a caretaker of books doesn’t seem half bad.

But as this Fast Company article points out – this film ode to books is actually, also, an iPad app. 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad App Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

There is, of course, some irony that a film about loving books is also a stunning app on a device that seems to destroy or change (depending on your view) publishing, reading and book-loving in general. Will we see more of these hybrid experiences in the future? Do you even want to interact with books and movies this much?

Since I’m one of the few people I know who doesn’t have a Kindle, iPad or Nook – I’ll be sticking to reading actual books for now (and saving the apps for my phone). But who knows, if someone made a smell-o-vision app for the Julia Child biography, I might just change my mind.

And, just because, here’s my favorite animated short from way back in 2009. 

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