SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Champagne corks were flying at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport. Its first movie — “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” — is one of five Academy Award nominees for best animated short film.

Co-director William Joyce tells The Times ( that the movie took a lot of risks, and everyone at the studio is “just super happy that people responded to the story, to us and to everything that we were trying to achieve.”

.He and Brandon Oldenburg directed the film. With producer Lampton Enochs, they’re the founders of Moonbot Studios.

“Morris Lessmore” which has scored more than a dozen awards. It tells the story of a book-lover who is blown out of his home by a storm that blows the words out of his books. He winds up in a land of living books.

Moonbot Studios also created a best-selling, interactive “Morris Lessmore” iPad app available on iTunes in the App Store.

Arlena Acree, director of film, media and entertainment for the city of Shreveport, said an Oscar-nominated film from Shreveport can only further put the area on the map as a mecca for filmmaking.


Information from: The Times,