15 February 2007

Ryan Larkin: 1943-2007

One of the animation medium's bonafide geniuses and iconoclasts passed away on Valentine's Day at the age of 63. Ryan Larkin, forever immortalized in Chris Landreth's Oscar winning animated short "Ryan" (2004), was on the verge of a major comeback after decades of self-imposed exile and obscurity spent begging on the streets of Montreal and overcoming addiction to drugs and alcohol. He'd recently completed a series of bumpers for MTV Canada (admitting that he'd kicked some "bad habits" to concentrate on his career) and was in development with manager/producing partner Laurie Gordon on a feature, "Spare Change", based upon his own experiences (you can visit the production's website here). Truly a national treasure and a great loss.