Lunar Update: 01.2012

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Moonbot Studios in Fast Company's February 2012 issue.

In this Issue

Awards
Morris Lessmore
LPB Special
Dress Up Contest
Nominations
Orangutans
DODOcase
The Making of Morris
Numberlys
Rise of The Guardians
Lunar Activities
Tedx
Techx20
SMBB
Holidays

App of The Year

Apps Magazine declares "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" App Of The Year for 2011.

Awards

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" iPad app was honored with multiple awards at the close of 2011. Apps Magazine named "Morris" their App of The Year, saying "It's innovation, design and humour combined to make an app that represents everything we admire in mobile entertainment."

iPad Insight has also named "Morris" Best App of 2011, saying: "If this app doesn’t soon make it into an iPad TV commercial I’ll be shocked. It is the epitome of what makes the iPad live up to its ‘magical’ billing."

"Morris" is an iTunes Hall of Fame App.

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The New York Times listed "Morris" as one of The Top 10 iPad Apps of 2011. Writer Bob Tedeschi says: "My favorite work of fiction in a book app last year, Morris Lessmore is a graphically stunning narrative that’s part picture book, part movie- moviebook, anyone?."

School Library Journal and The Spectator Book Blog included the app in their Top 10 Apps of 2011. Digital Storytime gave the app its 5-star award as well as listing it among the year-end best, and both Kirkus Reviews and The Telegraph named "Morris" one of the best iOS Apps of 2011.

LPB Special

William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg, and Beavan Blocker helped host LPB's Morris Lessmore special. Viewable online, the program includes the short film and Making Of Documentary.

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Nominations

Morris is nominated for two 2011 Best App Ever Awards in the Best Visual Design and Best Kids App categories. Vote to help us win!

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Orangutan Update

New Scientist writes "Forget bananas. The biggest hit in zoos this year is an Apple...". See Apps for Apes for more information on efforts to enrich the lives of orangutans.

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Morris Dress Up Contest

We're excited to announce the official Morris Lessmore Dress-up Contest! Create a costume based upon Morris or any other character from the short film. To enter, send photos of you or your child in-character to contests@moonbotstudios.com. We are accepting entries between now and January 30th, 2012. The winner will receive a Morris Lessmore movie poster autographed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.

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DODOcase

Reviewers are pleased with the Morris Lessmore DODOcase. The case, created using traditional book-binding techniques, is designed in the style of Morris's book.

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The Making Of Morris: Part 10

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Numberlys is Out!

Numberlys presents a fanciful depiction of the origins of the alphabet and is the newest interactive epic from Moonbot Studios, the creators of "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore". Numberlys is a story App celebration of the early fantasy epics King Kong, Metropolis and Flash Gordon with a dollop of the Marx Brothers, a splash of the Fleischer Studios technicolor Superman and a little bit of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Numberlys is huge in scope. It's an adventure! A mystery! A game! And a story!

It's a new way to entertain, learn and rediscover our storytelling "golden age".

Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers.

There were no Ralph’s or Pamela’s, just 27 or 42.

They all liked Numbers. They had nice shapes. And kept things orderly, and everything added up.

So life was just sort of….numberly.

But there were 5 friends who had been thinking for more days than they could count wondering if they could do something more.

AND SO THE ALPHABET BEGAN… AND THEY NEED YOUR HELP…

We are excited to announce our next story-app, Numberlys, is available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad today! Be sure to like the Numberlys Facebook page for updates!

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Rise Of The Guardians

The official movie poster for Dreamworks-produced Rise of The Guardians has arrived!

The film is based upon The Guardians of Childhood books by William Joyce and is scheduled for release on November 21st 2012. Hitfix.com's first-look at the film gives a glimpse of what's to come.

More concept art can be seen here.

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Lunar Activities

Tedx

Locals eager to explore new ideas filled the second floor of The Robinson Film Center last fall at TedxRedRiver's inaugural Tedx event, hosted by Brandon Oldenburg. This independently organized introduction to the TedTalk concept can be viewed here.

Techx20

At the January 2012 Techx20 Cohabitat Meetup, Bohdon Sayre and John Cannon of Moonbot Interactive discussed the implimentation of Unity in developing the 2013 Ford Fusion driving game app.

Released in December, the app features content that unlocks over weeks prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Adam Volker took the above photo while leading a talk about app development at the Detroit show.

SMBB Wins Award

Congratulations to Sutton Mitchell Beebe & Babin Architects, LLC for winning two ASID South Central Chapter 2011 Excellence in Design Awards for Moonbot Studios. SMBB received Gold in the Corporate/Small Corporation category and Silver for Custom Detail.

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Christmas on the Moon

A success: Calvin's Secret Santa surprise.

Books were a popular Secret Santa gift.

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