I Met the Walrus
Director Josh RASKIN
Country Canada
Year 2007
Running Time 5’ 10”
Color/B&W Digi Beta | Color
Genre Animation+Docume
Premier Status Asian Premiere
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview. This was in the midst of Lennon's "bed-in" phase, during which John and Yoko were staying in hotel beds in an effort to promote peace. Thirty-eight years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative, which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multi-pronged animation. Raskin marries traditional pen sketches by James Braithwaite with digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message.
Josh RASKIN studied media art in Toronto, Canada. His works are [The Mouth](1989), [The Rockets of Tomorrow](2004), [Inside the Atom](2004) and [The Horrible Sounds](2007).