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The movie talks about the life of Ryan Larkin, a gifted Canadian animator of the late '60s and the early '70s.

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Chris Landreth
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ryan Larkin ... Himself - Interview Voice (voice)
Chris Landreth ... Himself - Interview Voice (voice)
Felicity Fanjoy Felicity Fanjoy ... Herself - Interview Voice (voice)
Derek Lamb Derek Lamb ... Himself - Interview Voice (voice)
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Chris Landreth introduces himself to us in a funky restroom and then introduces the film's subject, Ryan Larkin, a brilliant animator in the 1960s and early 1970s. Chris shows us clips of "Walking" and "Street Musique," Ryan's ground-breaking shorts. We now see Ryan as he is: emaciated, alcoholic, much of his mind gone; we meet Felicity Fanjoy, his love during his creative period, and Derek Lamb, his producer. Ryan talks to Chris in the dining hall of what is probably a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Chris tries an intervention. We follow Ryan out into the street where he panhandles. The animation, which uses live footage, reveals the ravaged burned-out graceful man. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Canada

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English | French

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September 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Chris: Hi, my name is Chris and I'm here to explain some things.
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It will wow you
30 January 2005 | by kerecsenSee all my reviews

I bought a ticket for the Sundance animated short program thinking that I will see the usual rehashed animated fare. Boy, was I wrong. But as good and creative as the other shorts were, Ryan stood way out.

It is something truly original, not just because it is a computer animated documentary, but also because of the truly inventive use of the capabilities of CGI animation. The movie tells Ryan Larkin's life story in a concise but very touching way. I promise it will be the perfect roller-coaster ride, it will make you happy and sad, and it will make you think. And it will also make you stare at the gorgeous imagery.

I doubt you can find a better way to spend 14 minutes of your life.


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