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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrsVa3CzQj0

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’:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHCrOtSzIBg