He Met The Walrus
While this morning's Canada-heavy Oscar nominations were cause for a certain amount of national pride, buried beneath the big six top categories is a solid shout-out to our fair city, in the form of a five minute animated short called I Met The Walrus.
In 1969, when John Lennon and Yoko Ono were holed up at the King Edward doing one of their famous "bed-in" things, a 14 year old North York kid named Jerry Levitan snuck into the hotel with a tape recorder, and taped a forty-minute interview with Lennon. The product of Levitan's now-infamous bedside tête-à-tête was recently turned into a film by Toronto filmmaker Josh Raskin, and this morning it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
Levitan, who is now a Toronto lawyer, and popular children's entertainer, produced the film, which premiered in Toronto last March
, and was also featured in the offerings of last year's TIFF. As those who saw it can attest, it is a beautifully rendered illustration of Lennon's words, and an incisive commentary on both his times and our own.
Unfortunately, until the film finds a more permanent home, fans of animated shorts and John Lennon will have to satisfy their curiousity with this 30-second trailer, or catch a plane down to Sundance, where it's currently screening.
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