After last week's limited release of the childhood epic "Moonrise Kingdom," which netted four stars from Globe movie critic Wesley Morris, director Wes Anderson released a short film online today to accompany "Moonrise." The video is currently available on Entertainment Weekly's website.
The four-minute short centers around library books collected by one of the film's young characters and features animated snippets of text from each. Anderson, who last directed 2009's animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox," hired a team of artists to illustrate the book jackets for the film before deciding to take it a step further for this short.
“I wrote passages for the other books that didn’t have any text [read aloud in the film], and we animated that too,” Anderson told EW. “So we now have this piece where our narrator, Bob Balaban’s character, takes us through these little sections of each of these books.”
This isn't the first time Anderson has paired a short with a film. He released the 13-minute short "Hotel Chevalier" in conjunction with his 2007 film "The Darjeeling Limited." That clip, which played at the Venice Film Festival and in Apple stores before being sold on iTunes, drew heavy online attention due to a nude scene featuring Natalie Portman.
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