NFB statement concerning the death of Ryan Larkin

    TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ -


    Today, the NFB released this statement concerning the death of animator
Ryan Larkin, (1943 - 2007):

    "Ryan Larkin's films 'Walking' and 'Street Musique' cemented his place in
animation history. In addition to having tremendous talent, he had a powerful
story that he allowed to be shared in 'Ryan'," said Claude Joli-Coeur, Acting
Government Film Commissioner and Chairman of the National Film Board of
Canada. "Canada has lost a great artist and a true innovator who inspired and
influenced generations. Ryan Larkin will be missed."
    Larkin began his career with the National Film Board in the early 1960's,
working with Norman McLaren. He created two animated short films "Cityscape"
and "Syrinx", before making the Academy-Award nominated film "Walking" and
then "Street Musique". He left the NFB in 1978 and by the 1990s, he became
well known on boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal. Most recently, Larkin was
working with Laurie Gordon on an animation film "Spare Change" and created
short animated segments that aired on MTV Canada.

For further information: Stéphanie Lincourt, Head of Communications,
(514) 283-3838; Jennifer Humphries, NFB Publicist, (416) 952-8960,