Video Fridays: Three John Lennon videos: I Met the Walrus, Imagine & Happy Xmas (War is Over)

The first video was created when illustrator, James Braithwaite, took a 1969 audio interview of John Lennon by 14-year-old Jerry Levitan.


Uploaded by imetthewalrus on Jun 17, 2008
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for ‘New Approaches’ (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).
Category: Documentary Animation & Cartoons The Screening Room
Starring:
Jerry Levitan John Lennon
Directed by:
Josh Raskin
Produced by:
Jerry Levitan
Written by:
Josh Raskin

Uploaded by 13640 on Apr 22, 2007
John Lennon and his wife Yoko

Whereas “Imagine” evokes nostalgia and some sadness at what the world lost when Lennon was murdered, this next version of Lennon’s “Merry Xmas” calls us to task at how little we’ve accomplished in fulfilling the message of Christmas, that the world should not be the playground of the powerful stomping on the weak. We have so much to fix and undo…

Uploaded by johnlennon on Aug 24, 2010
The Official video for John Lennon ‘Merry Xmas (War Is Over)’

Sources:
I Met The Walrus: Lennon’s Brain Animated by Maria Popova, http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2008/11/21/jerry-levitan-i-met-the-walrus/ retrieved 01-13-2012.