Canadian Animator Ryan Larkin Dies

    TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - Laurie Gordon, Ryan Larkin's producer, manager
and good friend expressed her profound sympathy today at the passing of
legendary Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. Larkin died peacefully in his sleep,
Wednesday, February 14, in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec following a long-term battle
with cancer. Larkin was 63.
    "Ryan was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and to generations of
creative spirits in Canada and around the world," said Gordon. "He was
charismatic even in the face of his illness. The end of Ryan's life was one of
the most beautiful final chapters ever written - he died on Valentine's Day -
a day of love no less. I will miss him enormously."
    Most recently, Larkin was working with Gordon on an animation film "Spare
Change" about his experience as a panhandler on the Main in Montreal, Quebec;
it was going to be a comeback project for Larkin. Gordon will continue to work
on "Spare Change" in Ryan's memory. Details can be found at

    Brief bio:
    A world class animator and filmmaker, Larkin was a rising star in the
world of animation in the 1970s. He began working for the National Film Board
of Canada (NFB) at the age of 19 and it was there that he created his
most-famous films, Walking, for which he received an Oscar nomination, and
Street Musique, considered a masterpiece of animated movement as well as
Syrinx and Cityscape. These films have secured Larkin a place in the history
of animated filmmaking and his work has influenced a whole generation of
animators. In 2005, Larkin was the subject of the animated film Ryan, by
Christopher Landreth, which won Landreth an Oscar for Best Animated Short.
Larkin most recently worked on a new film entitled Spare Change, about his
experience as a panhandler on the Main in Montreal, Quebec. In December,
Larkin created three short animated segments that aired on MTV in Canada.

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