Watching the Oscars each year reminds me how disappointed I am that we are not able to readily view the animated short films that are nominated each year. The library has been able to add to our collection here in Gardiner three compilations of these winners and nominees, “A Collection of Academy AwardNominated Short Films”. The years covered are 2005, 2006, and 2007. But what about all the other years and other films? Last year’s winner for Best Animated Short Film was “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.Morris Lessmore”. A friend who knew I worked in a library passed a youtube.com link on to me that allowed me to watch this wonderful short film. It is a heartwarming story of a man who takes care of books. It was such a success that it was turned into a picture book by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm, and the library now owns that book. Wouldn’t it be a boon to film fans for some publishing company to make this and other nominated films available for public purchase so we could enjoy what the Academy has deemed worth merit?
Scott Handville, Assistant Director