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Moonrise Kingdom Animated Shorts Spotlight Suzy's Books And Bob Balaban

Wes Anderson's latest, the love story Moonrise Kingdom, is set in the whimsical world of New Penzance, where khaki scouts led by a dedicated math teacher/scout leader, a local sheriff, and a pair of apoplectic parents set out to find two adolescent lovers who have run away on a romantic adventure in the island's thick forests. In the mix of a heady ensemble that boasts Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton, it is heralded character actor Bob Balaban who serves as the story's quirky narrator, playing the New Penzance's local historian/weather authority.

His role has expanded into the film's web-based marketing, where he's guided fans through behind-the-scenes featurettes as well as the movie's lovely website. Now in the latest viral offering from Anderson—which he teased last week—we learn Balaban's character is also the local librarian, and so is the perfect person to introduce the film's supplementary animated short, which explores the pilfered library books that young Suzy Bishop brings along on her exploits.

Inspired by the covers of the books—created specifically for the film—and their accompanying captions, this short offers not only an expansion on the world of Moonrise Kingdom but also an added insight into the enigmatic Suzy, who is far more guarded than most movie tweens. Through these fantastical tales of young girls with thirsts for adventure and deep-seated powers, it is far easier to unfold what makes the oft-scowling Suzy tick. And surely it will serve as another tantalizing teaser for those still waiting for Moonrise Kingdom to reach theaters near them.

Moonrise Kingdom is now in theaters in limited release. For more on the film, check out our Blend Film Database.

Kristy Puchko

Staff writer at CinemaBlend.