Sean Ono Lennon has teamed up with the people behind the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated animated short, I met the walrus and Spotify, for a series of animations accompanying the eleven album tracks and three singles of the Enhanced Spotify release by John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Blends.
Written and directed by Ono Lennon, “I am the EgbertIs a series of short, looping scenes that tell the story of a character named Egbert, whose life experiences mirror the feelings in the sequence of songs on the album tracks and callbacks, “Give Peace A Chance “,” Cold Turkey “and” Instant Karma! ” (We all shine). “
“When it comes to creating something new for someone like my dad, it’s a challenge because so much of the images and photos of him have been used so much over the years and they already evoke certain feelings. and memories with people, and of course the music is so classic, ”said Ono Lennon.
“Animation is a great medium because it allows us to recontextualize music in a new way for new audiences and longtime fans. My dad loved cartoons and drawing, so we wanted to pay tribute to him by taking a page of his illustrations and his story.
Ono Lennon worked closely with producer Jerry Levitan, illustrator James Braithwaite and animation director Josh Raskin on animation. They were produced by Yoko Ono Lennon and produced by Simon Hilton on behalf of Lenono.
I met the walrus is an animated short based on a 1969 interview with Lennon by 14-year-old Jerry Levitan. Having heard that John and Yoko were staying at Toronto King Edward Hotel, Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape recorder and Super 8 camera, found their room and charmed Lennon to do a 30-minute interview.
“On May 26, 1969, I had a most perfect day with John Lennon and Yoko Ono,” said Levitan. “Being 14 in 1969 during the Beatles era was magical. I met my hero, he treated me with kindness and generosity, and he exceeded my dreams of who he was. That day changed my life forever.
Almost four decades later in 2007, Levitan brought Lennon’s thoughts on peace, politics, music, the United States, life, marijuana and the Bee gees to life by enlisting director Josh Raskin and an animation team who created the surreal illustrations.
“I’ve always loved ‘I Met The Walrus’ and for years I’ve been interested in working with Jerry, James and Josh who directed the short,” said Lennon Ono.
“There is something about what they created that stands out in anything I have ever seen about my father; he nailed down his relaxed vibe and the entertainment was aesthetically in sync with the style he liked. It’s like they ate everything my dad did and digested it, it really absorbed John Lennon’s language.