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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"RYAN"



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2005 OSCARS for Best Short Animation

Ryan is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who, 30 years ago, produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. In the film, we hear the voices of prominent animators and artists discussing Ryan's work, and from waitresses, mission-house caretakers and homeless people who make up Ryan's life. These voices speak through strange, twisted, and disembodied, computer-generated characters--which combine to reflect the film's creator, Chris Landreth. In the words of Anais Nin, "We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are."

1 comment:

Nate Orshan said...

I found "Ryan" a virtuosic piece of animation and storytelling. In different hands, the "plagued by inner demons" story might have come out hackneyed and maudlin, but the way Landreth manipulates space and time deepened my understanding of Ryan's artistic beauty, influence, and illness, and it pays the most poignant and beautiful homage his hero could ever receive. Run, don't walk, to Waterfront Video to rent the special edition DVD.