Canadian animation legend Ryan Larkin passed away on February 14 from brain cancer. Larkin directed and animated the 1969 Oscar-nominated short Walking, as well as Syrinx (1965), Cityscape (1966) and Street Musique (1972). The news of Larkin’s passing comes from Ottawa International Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson who heard the news from Chris Landreth, director of the Oscar-winning short Ryan (2004), which documented Larkin’s amazing art and troubled life. Larkin had recently been making a comeback into the animation world; his most recent piecesÃ¢â‚¬”a series of three interstitialsÃ¢â‚¬”had appeared on MTV Canada in December 2006. Ryan’s official website is RyanBango.com.
Here are a few more details about Larkin’s passing from an email written by his longtime friend, Felicity Fanjoy: