I’m so glad there’s an official version of Jerry Levitan and Josh Raskin’s Oscar-nominated short, “I Met the Walrus,” online now. If you haven’t heard of the film, here’s the YouTube blurb:
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 about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it.
It’s a beautiful bit of sustained motion graphics—relentlessly inventive and sublimely detailed. It works on so many levels at once: as illustration of John Lennon’s words; an homage to some of the aesthetics The Beatles help popularize; an anti-war demonstration piece; and a heartfelt doodle-gone-mad from the mind of a curious 14-year-old.
I’m still bitter about this film not snagging the Oscar. Peter the Wolf took it instead. Whatever.
Thanks to Dan Cooper for the nudge.