Friday, September 05, 2008

Canadian Beer Commercials and more of my culture

Labatt's 50 is the best Canadian beer. Thanks to Murray the Canadian Animator for alerting me to these commercials!












There was a show on Friday nights called "Kraft Theatre" This wasn't exactly the same one, but it has what I watched the show for...the recipes.

Kraft wanted you to buy every product they made and glue them together into unGodly combinations. I wish I could find some of the 60s recipes, but wait for the titles of this show to finish and then watch the commercial. The scary part is that Moms would actually make these foods!

Kraft Recipes




Canadian Wrestling on Saturday Mornings

We didn't get Saturday Morning Cartoons until years after they appeared in the United States. Instead we got "Bingo", "Curling" "Bowling For Dollars" and Canadian wrestling which had tons of beloved stars. The meanest wrestlers were a french family called "The Vachon Bros." Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon was the meanest of the mean and we loved him.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV-rp4dhdBs&feature=related


Andre the Giant when he was a Canadian Wrestler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HngzSCiZ_Eg&feature=related


THE FOREST RANGERS

Here was a show about a man who lived in the forest in a barricaded fort, safe from the police with a bunch of kids. The show was boring, weird and Canadian but had a theme song that I can't stop whistling to this day.





Then there was this alarming show for kids.




An Important Canadian Show THat Formed Us All

Watch this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeBDqOEypXI&feature=related



This was a show about a German Shepherd that traveled from town to town looking for homes in crisis. He would listen in outside a window while a brutish Canadian Dad was beating his wife and forcing the kids to eat puffed wheat in bags without prizes.
http://is1.okcupid.com/users/156/664/1566642811609810544/mt1114812009.jpg

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZZYVT9GFL._SL500_AA280_PIbundle-12,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_.jpg
Then he would scamper in and settle everything with drizzling compassionate fangs.


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The whole family would learn Canadian values from the dog and then all get along and sleep in the same bed together, a cured and balanced family...because a wet smelly Canadian Dog took them under his dewclaw. The he'd dump his new friends and ride a train to another town and another family in crisis and fix everything up for them.







Joni Mitchell -An Actual Canadian Super Talent and a Real Original





Boy, did she come up with a style. Her songs give me piss willies!

Here's one that'll surely raise your neck hairs:




and here's what we get now...
Canada Ruined By Imitating Stupid American Fads

46 comments:

Borris said...

nice post

atrocious grammar

LimbClock said...

This sucks.

I'd rather go to canada and work at Animaxthan to compromise my Richard Williams taught ideas at some poor finnish animation studios.

athough, no offence, knowing you, you think Animax is The Suck.

ALSO

Will the new George Liqour (AMERICAN!) Cartoon be avalible for us Finnish animators as well?

Brad Goodchild said...

Hey John
Great post...I used to drink Labatts 50...great beer for camping out at the Pinery's in Ontario or Ipperwash Beach...thanks for using the Dan Haskett stuff...Hosers forever!!!eh

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Mr. Dressup was my favorite show as a kid! I'd wake up every morning, eat garlic sausage, cheese and crackers and watch Mr. Dressup.

If I didn't get to see him, I'd throw a tantrum. I had my own "Tickle Trunk" and everything. I even saw him live on tour!

Mitch K said...

Oh man!! I'm pretty sure Mr Dress Up taught us all how to draw. He's a part of every Canadian's childhood. He was actually American (and a friend of Mr Rodgers), but he adopted Canada after falling in love with it.

And, of course, the Littlest Hobo is in all of our hearts. My sister and I drink and sing its theme -- which always ends in tears.

The Travelin' Blues Man said...

Mayonnaise, meatballs, and rice? That just doesn't make sense.

BTW the SPP is American, but the "North American Union" idea with an "Amero" currency (which conspiracy theorists claim is the SPP's final goal) originated from a Canadian think tank.

oppo said...

Oh my god! I didn't know that "They paved Paradise" was a Joni Mitchell song! I just heard it through a very bad (probably American) cover version. Thank You Mr. K!

By the way, which version of Hallelujah do you prefer?

Canadian Leonard Cohen's original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf36v0epfmI

Or the American Jeff Buckley's Cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AratTMGrHaQ

I personally can't stand Jeff Buckley's Candy-Ass voice.

Eric Bauza said...

Mr. Dressup - hands down - the best Canadian kids show ever!!!

Bitter Animator said...

Is that Elvis Costello in Mr. Dress Up? That looks rather alarming.

Who couldn't love the Littlest Hobo? I had no idea that was Canadian.

Canada also gave us Cronenberg, Rabid, Shivers and Scanners (which included the Canadian Michael Ironside). That's something to be proud of.

That's if you can be proud of something simply for happening within the same fairly arbitrary boundary as you.

wolfboy said...

Growing up in Detroit and being so close to Windsor, I pretty much lived my youth through/and/or was raped by Mr. Dress Up's Casey and Finnegan as well as The Big Friendly Giant. Man, his lute/flute and tiny chairs by the fire still haunt me...

Melvillain said...

The Joni Mitchell video for Me and My Uncle is great! thanks for posting it.
Oppo, "Big Yellow Taxi" (they paved paradise) was covered by Counting Crows and Amy Grant. And yes, both versions sucked.

David Germain said...

Yay! At the beginning of that first beer commercial we see a clip from a classic Roughriders vs. Roughriders game. Of course, the Ottawa Roughriders have since disbanded with the Ottawa Renegades eventually taking their place. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are still going strong though (Grey Cup winners of 2007 and they haven't lost a game yet this year).

I of course grew up with Mr. Dressup and The Littlest Hobo. I recently caught an old Hobo episode in-which a group of evil world leaders lead by a magician were planning to hijack a Canadian power plant and thereby TAKE OVER THE WORLD! Sadly for them, that little german shepherd spoiled their plans. When one of the evil world leaders saw him and said "we should kill that dog for what he did to us." the magician leader said something like "no, he is a worthy adversary and I respect him. Let him go." It was the best worst piece of brilliant crap I've ever seen.

About Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs). I heard that off the set he was a colossal jerk. His show would end with everyone saying good-bye individually. Then finally Ernie would say "...and ME" to which Casey would say "Mr. Dressup" and the credits would roll. Well, one time Casey missed his cue. While the credits rolled Mr. Dressup threw the hugest tantrum ever. I didn't see that however, I just heard about it. Although, before radio personality Peter Gzowski died, Rick Mercer got him to recite a list of people who were "a son of a bitch". Mr. Dressup was on that list.

Bob said...

My favorite thing about Molson beer is that each beer sticker has a different picture on it. One time when I was drunk, I made a collection of all these stupid beer stickers for some reason... I honestly can't explain everything I do, but that's my fondest and only memory of Molson beer.

In Baltimore we have a national beer guy since like the early 1920's he's known as the NANY BO guy. Here's a pic of him below.

http://www.curreri.net/IM205512.gif

and one of the beer factory

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3002/2517576992_b26e75abb6.jpg?v=0

Another weird icon in Baltimore is the Utz chip girl

http://www.eteamz.com/hscpa/images/Utzgirl2.jpg

I can't determine whether the Utz chip girl is actually a girl or not. Also I can't explain why the nany bo guy has one eye, also he kind of looks like the pringles guy. Anyways some person thought these two icons of baltimore were funny and did this campaign in baltimore.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/209/476815966_004719ce68.jpg

I think it could have been done better, but it made a funny point nevertheless.

Sorry for my rambling, but I have been really enjoying all these hilarious canadian things you have been posting on your blog. It's my other source of entertainment this week besides the republican/democratic conventions.

Ryan G. said...

>>The meanest wrestlers were a french family called "The Vachon Bros." Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon was the meanest of the mean and we loved him.<<

Is this where you got the idea for "Mad dog Hoek?"

JohnK said...

it sure was, Ryan

nice inks, by he way

oppo said...

Melvillain: Thanks for responding to my comment unsolicited.

And just so no one misreads my previous comment, just know that I am a proud citizen of the USA.

Elana Pritchard said...

You are funny and cute- yer mom must be proud!

Ryan G. said...

Thanks John. Almost done with current scene.

Timefishblue said...

I was in grade 7 or 8 when Ernie Coombs died and, even though everyone at that age is stupid and tries to be cool, everyone was sad that day and he was all we talked about.

Frank Macchia said...

timefish...i remember that day too!...was the same with me and my buddies...the death of ernie coombs def shook our generatio

i met him once...was the nicest guy...gave off that grandpa vibe.

the best though was watching him draw on his show...as a little kid i'd be all bewildered while he drew everything and anything with one of those oil pencils...

although...i saw an old re-run a while back..and there was a very faint under drawing that he was just tracing...haha that made me feel a little disillusioned lol

Whit said...

Kraft recipes loved to put Miracle Whip on bananas in every possible combination.

oppo said...

Elana Pritchard: Was that directed toward me? If so, thank you.

Powli said...

Amazing. Mad Dog is incredible. He was perfectly imitated in the Ren & Stimpy episode. "I worked in the mines to make my body strong!".

Tigeroovy said...

hahaha, Yeah I used to watch Mr. Dressup too. and I caught the live show too.
It doesn't surprise me Mr. Dressup was a jerk off camera.. Probably didn't want to do kids shows, just fell into it or something and grew bitter.
I think up until now however, I'd never seen him without gray hair.

Jorge Garrido said...

Andre The Giant is a national hero to this day, we all grew up with and loved Mr. Dressup, and I happen to love puffed wheat to this day after eating it so much.

But I had not idea the last thing was uniquely canadian.

...Wait a second, was Mr. Dressup gay?

Rudy Tenebre, esteemed secretary. said...

Kraft and Canada: yet another great Canadian comic voice, cartoonist David Boswell (best known for his Reid Fleming the World's Toughest Milkman) notes the Kraft Dinner as some kind of social compensation among the state's delicate economic balance.

"musta been that Kraft dinner." laments a character when untimely flatulence destroys a romantic encounter.

David Germain said...

Mr. Dress Up's bio on IMDB.

Jorge, read Mr. Coombs' bio at IMDB. He had a wife and three children.

JPilot said...

Mad Dog was the man! Him and his brother took on the Leduc Brothers, their clones it seemed, in a cage match to the death, o as he used to say " Le combat dela MAAOOOOOORT!!!! Dans une CÂÂÂÂÂge!!!"

Mitch K said...

Mr Dressup was married to a woman for most of his life! Not that there's anything wrong with being gay, but he was certainly not gay.

LORD GODFREY said...

Hey John,

Not sure if this show has appreared in any of your posts but you probably remember the Hilarious House of Frightenstein on CHCH TV 11 out of Hamilton.

http://frightenstein.com/

Jeff Read said...

Hey, how could you talk about Canadian television (especially stuff for kids) and not mention You Can't Do That On Television? That's one the Americans stole. To this day many USian kidlets and former kidlets think that green slime is a "Nickelodeon thing". But nope. Hey, if it weren't for Canadian TV, there probably wouldn't be a Nickelodeon to sell Ren & Stimpy to!

Oh, and Moose is still hot.

Jeff Read said...

Oh, and I take issue with your characterization of hip-hop as a "stupid American fad". It's at least 30 years old and still going strong, has followers and practictioners from all over the world, and it has its roots in African oral traditions.

And baby Jeebus weeps a little whenever a cracker like that tries to rap -- regardless of nationality.

HemlockMan said...

You guys are excused all that other stuff for bringing us Joni Mitchell, eh.

Raff said...

My friend Frank conducted the last interview with Mr. Dressup before he died. If anyone wants, I'll try to find a link.

KoolAidMan said...

John - I've read your blog since the beginning and enjoy reading up on all the various subjects you tackle. That said, your recent posts on Canada might be my favorite. I'm obsessed with Canada and the subtle but significant differences your homeland has with the US.

Keep them coming, love it.

I would also like to hear a logical defense of ketchup flavored potato chips at some point.

Rated-R said...

Haha! Wow. That Canadian Hip hopster sure had a lot to say. Three strong American fads in one: suburban hip hop gangster, Youtube trash, and a pop-politics and conspiracy flunky. Annoying, yet interesting character.

Bluedog said...

What I find fascinating about Joni Mitchell is that she originated in the middle of nowhere in Saskatchewan. Her early ideas came straight out of her head.

P.S. Here's another slice of your past...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYp5NJMQCAs

Timefishblue said...

Joni Mitchell excuses Canada's mysterious foot-severer, Tim Hortons, and Cirque du Soleil.

Nico said...

This post gives me a piss willie! I love your canada stories john

chris weagel said...

Hey John-

Here in Metro Detroit we get the CBC and Hockey Night in Canada and the curling and the specials of nuns starting off enormous Domino line courses and Don Cherry.

No discussion of Mr Dressup's Cartooning?

Blammo said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHNNIE K..ANUCK
hOPE YOU HAD A GOOD ONE!

Whit said...

Joni Mitchell also makes up for Winnipeg's giving the world The Guess Who. Almost.

mike f. said...

Call me silly, but I would have put the duck feet on BEFORE the duck sweater, so I wouldn't hafta struggle zipping up leather boots with my fingerless, feathery duck hands.

Where'd they find the guy for Mr. Dress-Up? He's no Soupy Sales, that's for sure - more like an accountant or something. What else did he have in that trunk? Did he ever dress up in women's clothes?

Why are all the puppets "eyeless"? How come the dog's bark is mute - is he supposed to be deaf, and the kid puppet blind? What's the origin of the phrase "Oh, quack!" to express frustration?

I'm confused. We have to discuss Mr. Dress-Up further...

Chickens and Beandip said...

So wait a minute. A rapping douche on youtube represents all modern Canadian T.V.? You have a skewed perception on what makes a valid comparison. Thats like comparing a Hollywood movie to a kindergarten play. Where is Trailer Park Boys? Where's Corner Gas? Where is Little Mosque on the Prairie? Where is The John Dore Television Show? If you are going to make a comparison, Make it Valid.

Payo said...

Is that Glenn Ford smacking Erin Grey around?

JohnK said...

"Thats like comparing a Hollywood movie to a kindergarten play."

exactly my point