Monday, 3 December 2007

Ryan Larkin "Walking"

Ryan Larkin’s 1968 Walking is one of the classic animations, receiving an Academy Award nomination. A true artist, Ryan was fascinated by the different ways in which people walk. And that’s the storyline. Different walk patterns, illustrated using a variety of different techniques. It is impressive how much humour and personality he manages to convey in the figures who traverse his screen. Ryan was born in Montreal in 1943 and died in February of lung cancer at the age of 63. Tragically he had a drug and alcohol problem and towards the end of his life lived on the streets of Montreal. In his final year he went into rehabilitation and make some videos for MTV. It was the success of a biography of his life, Ryan, by Chris Landreth that won an Oscar in 2005 that allowed him to relaunch his career. Ryan (the movie) is the subject of a post I’ll be writing soon. The link to this DVD of the movie also includes three of Ryan's own movies including Walking.

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