Friday, October 19, 2012

Animating Real Life


Cartoon-blogging, essay 13 of 21 blog entries on
250 great animated short films

Ryan (2004), directed by Chris Landreth.

The 13th essay, “Animating Real Life,” is published in full at Press Play at IndieWire.  The essay begins with perhaps the first animated documentary, Winsor McCay’s The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918), and then moves on to some very challenging examples of modern psychological realism:  Frank Film (1973), Ryan (2004), and Orgesticulanismus (2008).

“… but I’m getting off the subject here, I’m afraid. This story is about Ryan.”

The subject of Ryan (2004) is real: animator Ryan Larkin (1943-2007). The story is drawn from real life, as pieced together from recorded interviews. The visual approach is . . . director Chris Landreth’s interpretation of real life.

           Continue reading here…

This series of 21 essays is inspired by a list of 250 great animated short films, composed in August 2012 by Scott Bussey, Jorge Didaco, Waldemar Hepstein, Bill Kamberger, Robert Reynolds, Sulo Vatanen, and Lee Price, with additional assistance from participants on the IMDb Classic Film message board.

© 2012 Lee Price

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