A few days ago I found “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” an iPad App by Moonbot Studios. The App is a lovely designed interactive book by William Joyce who has also worked on Toy Story and A Bug´s life.
According to “The Wizard of Oz”, Buster Keaton and Joyce’s former works of digitalizing child stories,“’Morris Lessmore’ is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor.” (Moonbot Studios) Combinig 2D animation, general computer animation and children’s book illustration, the App is an interactive composition of games and books. Together with Brandon Oldenburg, Joyce has created a new way of narrative experience, comparable to Apps from actionboox.
Based on the technically understanding and gameplay of children “Morris Lessmore” starts without any teaching-screens. While “reading” the book the reader is able to play with some feature embedded using the intuitive iPad controls. The fact, that the App does not order the children to act is perfect for their childish grasp. Merging elements from books and games, the interest never really breaks off and forms a perfect overall package.
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” costs about 4,-€ and is available on the iTunes Store.