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Read into the visuals, looking for symbolism, tone, theme, etc. As always, address the work from all three levels of reading — literal, inferential, and evaluative. One paragraph is sufficient, but make sure it’s a highly developed paragraph. Here is the link for the short film, entitled The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Click on the title below in order to view the video within YouTube.
In addition to your main response, you must also post substantive responses to at least two of your classmates’ posts in this thread. Your response should include elements such as follow-up questions, further exploration of topics from the initial post, or requests for further clarification or explanation on some points made by the classmates.
Peer 1 Luba
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
From the beginning of the animated story I felt like it was very surreal. He was swept away from a grayscale world into a world where books and stories gave the world color and a companion. He was primarily alone, his books gave him comfort and people only passed through his life for him to pass books along to them. It also seemed kind of schizophrenic that he had a book that communicated with him persistently.
I also felt like there was an element of mutual exchange with the books giving him emotions and colors, and he also gave life to the old book that fell off the shelf and flatlined, simply taping it together wasn’t enough, but reading it brought it back to life! At the end when he is old and the books swirled around him, made him young again and carried him off, just like the woman he first saw, it made me feel like nothing had changed and it was starting over again and another young person would follow a similar path.
The books seemed to be very full of life without being broken by the cycle of humans, and to give life to all those who came into contact with them. They can make a drab world picturesque and also more exciting and enjoyable.
It’s amazing when someone is intelligent and gets a lot of information from books, but I feel like one takeaway would be that you need to be careful to have balance in your life and not be consumed by a fantasy world of books.
Peer 2 Alfred
This short movie was interesting, to say the least. I can not understand whether he’s dreaming or the twister really happened, and he became unconscious, dreaming everything that happened. It drives references like a classmate said last week of the Wizard of OZ; from the start, we can see imagery drawn from such inspirations. Breaking it down, I do believe this man is dreaming. When we meet him, he is writing this story, but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for him. He’s Stuck like he has writer’s block. Dreams can resemble the things we love, playing them out as we dream. We sometimes can even figure certain situations with a good rest. Floating away to reality had to be his awakening from his dream, ready to finish his book and pass it on.