Watch “Ryan,” Winner of an Oscar and 60 Other Awards

Chris Lan­dreth turned to ani­ma­tion as a sec­ond career and even­tu­al­ly land­ed an Oscar with Ryan (2004), a short ani­mat­ed film based on the life of Ryan Larkin, an artist who pro­duced influ­en­tial ani­mat­ed films dur­ing the 1960s, before falling into a per­son­al down­ward spi­ral. You can revis­it two of Lark­in’s ani­mat­ed films (both ref­er­enced in the film above) on NFB.CA. Start with the Oscar-nom­i­nat­ed short, Walk­ing, from 1969, and then turn to Street Musique (1972). And don’t for­get to down­load NFB’s free iPad app where you can watch Ryan in a portable yet visu­al­ly com­pelling for­mat.

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Watch 66 Oscar-Nom­i­nat­ed-and-Award-Win­ning Ani­mat­ed Shorts Online, Cour­tesy of the Nation­al Film Board of Cana­da

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  • OC Fan says:

    Thank you, this post sure got me inter­est­ed in Ryan Larkin — sad­ly it turns out he died of can­cer in ’07, but his unfin­ished film
    Spare Change is look­ing for fund­ing (see his web­site at ). Also noticed that Chris Lan­dreth and a team sim­i­lar to the one that made Ryan has pro­duced anoth­er film, The Spine, that’s get­ting good reviews.

  • Erik says:

    Thanks for shar­ing. Very inspi­ra­tional.

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