One week left to go of our Kickstarter campaign The Flying Animator to raise financing for a feature length documentary film on Gerald Potterton. His dry British humour, life on a 200 acre farm in the eastern townships, Gerald can tell us about what it was like to work with Buster Keaton and animating the Beatles Yellow Submarine.
Learn about the never released film with a sound track written by Ringo Starr Scouse the Mouse
an animation film conceived by Gerald based on a story written by British actor Donald Pleasance. A film that nearly made it.
Potterton has influenced a generation of animators even the creators of South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The result was an entire South Park episode. A parody of Major Boobage ultimately the highest honour to Potterton’s cult classic animated feature Heavy Metal.
Let’s get together and go on a tour of SOHO London sharing his fantastic voyage through animation history from Disney, Chuck Jones, Norman McLaren or Richard Williams, Hanna Barbera to Disney.
Meet Gerry Potterton.
Laurie Gordon film director & Gerald Potterton at airshow
High Flight, a short animation (7 minutes) written and directed by three time Academy Award nominee Gerald Potterton, based on the poem by John Magee an American pilot who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.
Gerald Potterton is a British director, producer and animator. He is best known for directing the cult classic Heavy Metal and for his animation work on Yellow Submarine.
Potterton has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: as director on the National Film Board of Canada animated shorts “My Financial Career” and “Christmas Cracker”, and as producer for “The Selfish Giant”.
The action I am describing in this short film takes place in less than thirty minutes. It is an attempt to portray a version of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ as the action takes place almost entirely from the point of view of a soldier, in this case a pilot enclosed mostly in the cockpit of his Spitfire who we never see. The animation will be hand drawn but full in it’s action and portrayed in the style of a pencil and water colour ‘war artist sketch’ technique. Sound effects will be real, and of the time. The poem will be read as a soliloquy at the end.
High Flight team
Producer: Laurie Gordon
Associate producer: Bruno Chatelin
Director: Animator Gerald Potterton
Animator assistant: Georgine Strathey
Productrice déléguée: Anne Pagés
Narrator Voice English: Christopher Plummer tbc
Narrator Voice French: tbd
Ryan’s Renaissance Documentary. 48 mins. Completed. 2011. Nicola Zavaglia,Laurie Gordon
Ryan’s Renaissance chronicles an improbable human journey, friendship, and what transpires after Oscar nominated Ryan Larkin (Walking) becomes the world’s most famous panhandler after the film “Ryan” wins an Academy Award. It begins when Ryan, still living at a homeless shelter and Laurie Gordon, a Montreal musician asks Ryan to “draw a few pictures” for her band’s video which serendipitously becomes Spare Change, Ryan’s first animation film in 35 years. We follow this quirky duo’s utopian attempt to get their film off the ground. Ryan’s generous unconcern for the camera eye allows us to witness unbearable moments of human pain, hilarious events, and gripping insight into creativity, vision, and a yearning for a place to call home.
Airs in Canada on Bravo-CTV Television. Please check your local listing.
New networks will be added for upcoming international air dates.
Sales and distribution:
info [at] musivision [dot] ca
Spare Change Image of Ryan Larkin floating
Spare Change. Short Animation. 7:03 Completed. 2009, Dir. Ryan Larkin, Laurie Gordon
Image drawn by Ryan Larkin - Spare Change
This animation short by Ryan Larkin (Walking, Street Musique, etc.) recounts some “comical experiences” Larkin had during his many years as a panhandler in Montreal. It tells the story of Astral Pan, a street beggar (voiced by Larkin himself), who takes us on a wild journey from the sidewalks of a wintry Montreal day, to the gates of Heaven and Hell and back. The great filmmaker passed away before finishing his film. Spare Change was completed by a friend, producer and singer-songwriter Laurie Gordon, assisted by a team of young, devoted animators. .
Original music Chiwawa, featuring “Do It For Me.”
Laurie Gordon never knew her father who died when she was 14 months old. Her only“memories” of him come from photographs, his testimony at the Eichmann trial , tales of his trip to the Congo after Lumumba’s assassination, and Google. Growing up, she thought of her father as a free-spirited adventurer until she discovered clues leading her to suspect he was a spy.
Delivery : 2017
Director(s) : Laurie GORDON
Producer(s) : Musivision Films
Years of research result into the discovery of never seen before archival footage and classified documentation. Live action combined with animation and archives. Base on years of research and rare archives I Spy My Father digs deep into the Congo circa 1961, Patrice Lumumba, The Eichmann Trial, The CIA, The UN and a grand imagination.
Dutch girl on bicycle
This program is rated: Not recommended for young children. 55 Socks director Oscar winner Co Hoedeman Based on a poem by Marie Jacobs, the animated short pays tribute to the ingenuity of the Dutch people during a dark period of their history – the winter of hunger in 1944-45. It’s the closing months of the war in occupied Holland and some women unravel a beautiful bedspread in order to knit 55 socks to barter for food. Reaching back into his childhood memories, Hoedeman has made a simple, poetic film of rare beauty.
Music by Chiwawa.
An international co-production with Coconino Netherlands and The National Film Board of Canada
Screening at the following festivals:
Netherlands Film Festival – Nederlands Film Festival
September 23, 2011
Ottawa International Animation Festival
North American Premiere
This program is rated: Not recommended for young children
Image via Wikipedia
This space is the new virtual home of Ryan Larkin what used to be located at http://www.Ryanbango.com -will be redirected shortly.
I have a lots of unseen footage of Ryan of the last few years of his life. His original bumpers (channel IDs – short animation between shows) he designed and created for MTV. The bumpers haven’t been seen since 2007.
Of course there’s Spare Change, Ryan’s final animation film. It’s amazing how people still don’t know he made a film after Ryan – the film, came out. I also wonder if it’s “more fun” to remember Ryan as a drunk loser on the streets but indeed he conquered and returned to his art…but people stop at the Ryan film. And as great as that film was indeed, is not the end of Ryan’s story. Help us change his legacy. Spread the word. Watch Spare Change on your local TV station or on line for free! Or order it here online. (links to follow shortly to be made available with Ryan’s Renaissance.)
T-shirt design for Spare Change Ryan Larkin's animation film 2008
I also have hours of incredible video of Ryan in the last few years of his life. Certainly enough for another film. Sometimes it’s tempting to put it online and see what happens. Almost like an e-book with accompanying stories and anecdotes, artwork and writings. This webpage is a work in progress so we’ll see what happens next.
Ryan Larkin T-shirt design for the band Chiwawa
Would you be interested in original t-shirts? This was what Ryan intended here. Also front side.