First Animated Documentary – ‘Ryan’ by Chris Landreth

Ryan Larkin, 1943-2007Some claim that Winsor McCay’s Sinking of the Lusitania (1918) is the first animated documentary just because it is an animation about something that really happened. I disagree with that notion as in my opinion it is merely a reenactment of true events done by animation. Chris Landreth’s short animated film Ryan (2004), on the other hand, is in my opinion, the very first animated documentary – or docu-mation as coined by THIN AIR. It is a recorded conversation turned into animation, between the director and the subject of the film, Ryan Larkin, an animation pioneer who passed away this year.


You can read Larkin’s obituary here and a tribute here.

An Enemy Within – Nicky, Rod and Senator Larry Craig

I hope that by now you took my advice and pre-ordered your tickets to the Israeli production of Avenue Q coming (out) in October, 2007. If you are anything like me, you have also prepared yourself by watching some Avenue Q videos on YouTube. If that is the case, you might like to watch this new video mash-up of anti-gay-rights senator Larry Craig, who pled guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct, versus Avenue Q’s song ‘If You Were Gay’: