I managed to find a dvd of ‘Ryan’, Chris Landreth’s Oscar Winning short animated documentary, and in a word, wow. The work of Chris’ is spectacular, bold, unique and just plain beautiful.
The story it tells of Canadian animator Ryan Larkin is even more astonishing, and the dvd contains the orignal animations he did some 30 years ago – ‘walking’ in particular is pure genius.

I watched it at 5 am after struggling with my own animation problems, and was just blown away by the vibrancy of them. For me ‘walking’ is the standout, deceptively simple, but conveyed such joy in the simple act of walking, the simple wonder of movement.
It was one of the few times I’ve seen the way I feel when I dance.
I’m going to stop drivelling on now.