Last June, filmmaker Adam MacKay-Smith gave us My Name is Johnny Canuck, one of the best Canuck fan videos ever made. In it, MacKay-Smith retold the 40-year history of the team and the 2010-11 run to the Stanley Cup Final through the eyes of the legendary lumberjack for whom the Canucks are named. MacKay-Smith’s Johnny Canuck was a fully realized, weary, warring woodsman with a long history of turmoil and a hunger for triumph. ”Some years, you feel like you’ve got nothing to live for,” he sighs, midway through the film, before immediately declaring, “But not this year.”
As you may recall, however, the year didn’t end exactly as planned, and Johnny Canuck suffered yet another heartbreaking defeat. Knowing the character as well as the original video allowed us to, we could have presumed that the woodsman would have handled it the same way as all the other losses: by dusting himself off with a grimace, numbing himself to the ever-present sting of loss, and carrying on. But thankfully, we don’t have to guess, because Mackay-Smith has created a sequel. This is The Heartbreak of Johnny Canuck:
But to ruin my year… that would be… unbearable. I can’t decide if that pun is the best or worst thing ever. Perhaps both.
As to the video as a whole, there’s no question that it, like its predecessor, is one of the best things to come out of Canuck nation. The burned-out tree shaped like a Stanley Cup, the shot of the lumberjack shaving with that rusty axe, the photoshopped Canucks’ alternate logo featuring the film version Johnny Canuck — every element of this video is done to perfection. If you can’t get behind The Heartbreak of Johnny Canuck, either there’s no love in you, or you’re Nathan Horton and you’re turned off by the fact that MacKay-Smith’s Johnny Canuck bears such a curious resemblance to a bearded Aaron Rome:
Seriously, that’s uncanny.
The original film received over a quarter million hits on Youtube and was featured on CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, Entertainment Tonight, the Huffington Post, the Globe and Mail, and at Rogers Arena, among other places. If you still haven’t seen it, I’ve got two questions for you: first, where in the world have you been? Second, why don’t you watch it right now?
Mackay-Smith and co. have created a website, Johnny Canuck Films, where you can enjoy both videos, keep up with the filmmakers, and, presumably, see more Johnny Canuck films if they decide to make them. Here’s hoping they do.Tags: Amazing Fan Video, johnny canuck