Poster for Ryan

Autumn 2005 Main series

Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 4:00pm
Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 7:00pm
Monday, December 12, 2005 at 7:00pm
Monday, December 12, 2005 at 9:30pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by


Rated NR · 0h 14m

A gentleman panhandler. One of the pioneers of Canadian animation. Oscar nominee. Poor beggar. An artist unable to create. God observing the world. Fallen angel. Arrogant. Shy. Broken. Not destroyed.

Ryan, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, is an animated tribute to Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. Thirty years ago, at the National Film Board of Canada, Ryan produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Today, Ryan lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change in downtown Montréal. How could such an artistic genius follow this path?

In Ryan we hear the voice of Ryan Larkin and people who have known him, but these voices speak through strange, twisted, broken and disembodied 3D generated characters – people whose appearances are bizarre, humorous or disturbing. Although incredibly realistic and detailed, Ryan was created and animated without the use of live action footage, rotoscoping or motion capture, but instead from an original, personal, hand animated three­dimensional world which director Chris Landreth calls ‘psychological realism’.

A world encapsulated in the words of Anaïs Nin: “We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.”