Walking (film)

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Walking film screenshot.jpg
Screenshot from Walking
Directed by Ryan Larkin
Produced by Ryan Larkin
Written by Ryan Larkin
Music by David Fraser
Pat Patterson
Christopher Nutter
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release date
Running time
5 minutes
Country Canada
Budget $21,676[1]

Walking is a 1968 Canadian animated short film directed and produced by Ryan Larkin for the National Film Board of Canada, composed of animated vignettes of how different people walk.[2]

Following Larkin's work on In the Labyrinth for Expo 67, Larkin submitted a proposal to the NFB for a short film based on sketches of people walking. It took him two years to make the film—twice as long as expected—as he was perfecting new ink wash painting techniques in order to not repeat his earlier films. He was also absorbed in exploring human movements and behaviour, even setting up mirrors in his small studio to study his own motions.[3]

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Short Film at the 42nd Academy Awards. Excerpts from the film also appear in the Oscar-winning short about Larkin, Ryan.

Walking was one of seven NFB animated shorts acquired by the American Broadcasting Company, marking the first time NFB films had been sold to a major American television network. It aired on ABC in the fall of 1971 as part of the children’s television show Curiosity Shop, executive produced by Chuck Jones.[4]


  1. ^ Evans, Gary (Sep 30, 1991). In the National Interest: A Chronicle of the National Film Board of Canada from 1949 to 1989. University of Toronto Press. p. 152. ISBN 978-0802068330. 
  2. ^ "Walking". Film Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Chris (2006). Unsung Heroes of Animation. Indiana University Press. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-86196-665-3. 
  4. ^ Ohayon, Albert (June 8, 2012). "What on Earth: Science fiction satire at its funniest". NFB.ca Blog. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 

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