Ryan, directed by Chris Landreth, 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.
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Maybe my fav short. Its depiction of depression, regret, and addiction has stayed with me a long time--sometimes in jest, sometimes in nightmares. On paper, it should not work. It's quite sentimental and uses Larkins' own films a lot; however, Landreth puts his own touch on the older films and his confrontation with Larkin about his alcoholism is an emotional assault from all sides. Very surreal. Very sad. I tear up.
Visually stunning and mind blowing, but very unethical animated documentary. The director was so disrespectful and insensitive. It hurts to see how the real Ryan reacted to this film, how it psychologically damaged him and how his opinion was completely ignored.
The film should've aged due to its heavy reliance on retired 3D animation trends but it won me over. I can't decide whether the story or the visuals make the film. Their reliance on each other makes for a sympathetic portrait of an artist's undoing.