Canadian Style Shorts

Just to be clear, the shorts I’m talking about aren’t fashion but rather art related.  They aren’t name brand clothing shorts but rather animated shorts, and those I’ve been most fond of since childhood are those from the National Film Board of Canada.  Maybe it’s because Canadian humor is quirky at best with unexpected commentary and subtle nods to real life.  Maybe it’s because inherently insightful in a comic, tongue-in-cheek way that’s not seen in other cultures.  Or maybe it’s just because Canadian humor is outright hilarious.

Rather than write a lot about the selections I’ve chosen for today, I’ll let these animated shorts speak for themselves.  The first one is “Cactus Swing” with music by the Great Western Orchestra from Alberta (Canada).  It was released in 1995 to the amusement of a great many people, but most especially to the delight of musicians who knew the members of the band as well as fans of the band.

On to a very well-known song, this animated short gives a decidedly Canadian touch to “The Cat Came Back.”  I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching this one as well … and particularly so if you’ve ever been owned by a cat.

If you remember the music of the 50s and 60s, and you remember K-Tel Records, then this next animated short is definitely going to resonate with you.  If you know any young adults who are currently unemployed, this should take the edge off the situation.  *wink*

Any creative  person knows what it’s like to wrestle with procrastination from time to time.  What’s particularly delightful about this animated short is that it’s the unexpected reality of the situation that’s dead bang on accurate.  Yes, we’ve all been there and some time in the future, we’ll all be there again.  Until then, we can chuckle at what procrastination looks like to outsiders.

And finally, the famous short “The Sweater” (a true Canadian treat) based on a short story by Canadian author Roch Carrier (born 13 May 1937).   The story was originally published as “Une abominable feuille d’érable sur la glace” and was so well received, that a year after it was first published, it was translated and published in English.

The short story was one that Roch Carrier is surprised still resonates with Canadians to this day (you can read this article from 2014 where he talks about how the story came to be written).   Truth be told, whether you’ve ever played hockey or just watched others play hockey, the story is one that most people love to pieces.

What a great way to start off your Sunday … especially because today also happens to be National Ice Cream Day.  So grab a scoop of your favorite flavor and treat yourself to a great day all the way around.

Elyse Bruce



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