Johnny Canuck returns after the lockout, may have gone insane in the wilderness [VIDEO]

When we last saw Johnny Canuck, he was attempting to take his axe right to the face of a king. That…didn’t turn out so well. But now, after a long journey in the wilderness, the beleaguered and be-bearded lumberjack is back.

The Legend of Johnny Canuck – Part 1, The fourth film in Adam Mackay-Smith’s incredibe series, is just as epic and glorious as the first three, but also more distinctly resembles a crazed fever dream, complete with a Stanley Cup meteorite that causes sepia-toned flashbacks.

The story of Johnny Canuck started before the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. It was a pump-up video of sorts, chronicling some of Johnny Canucks’ worst defeats, which just so happened to parallel the Vancouver Canucks’ two previous losses in the Cup Finals to the Islanders and Rangers, and his plan to “ruin the Bruins.”

The sequel, The Heartbreak of Johnny Canuck, told the tale of how our titular hero recovered from defeat at the paws of the Bruin, asking the question, ”Isn’t it funny how one bad day can feel like one bad year?” It was a search for redemption, which he partially found in The Unfinished Fight of Johnny Canuck, in which he, quite satisfyingly and literally, punched a bear in the face.

This latest inspiring tale shows us the struggle of not just Johnny Canuck, but the Blackhawk, a military man representing the Maple Leafs (General Leaf?), and the Canadien. “So if the door to your destiny is locked, find the key,” he says. “Look to your past, because that’s what you’re made of.” While personally, I would suggest that Canucks fans might not want to look to the team’s past because it’s somewhat depressing, Johnny Canuck argues for the power of hope.

It’s another wonderful short film from Adam MacKay-Smith, who also plays Johnny Canuck. This time around, Adam has teamed with Coast Forest Productions Association, who have pledged to plant a tree for every view of the YouTube video. It’s a worthy cause and we like trees here at PITB, so do yourself (and the earth) a favour and watch this video a whole bunch of times.

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10 comments

  1. Tengeresz
    January 12, 2013

    Awesome. As usual.

    This was an instant share on Facebook

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  2. Canucklehead_in_T.O.
    January 12, 2013

    Idealistic hippy tree-planting and massively over-dramatic hockey pump-ups?! What’s not to like? This video speaks to my very soul.

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  3. Canucklehead_in_T.O.
    January 12, 2013

    Also, I am delighting in the unacknowledged irony of this unabashedly lumberjack-glorifying film (and don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of glorifying lumberjacks) ultimately contributing to some good ol’ fashioned reforestation.
    I love you, fellow Canucks fans. You’re the cheekiest.

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  4. swizzler
    January 12, 2013

    Anyone else thinking ‘Matrix of Leadership’ when he started looking to his past?

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  5. Cathylu
    January 12, 2013

    So dramatic! Love it.

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  6. eric blacha
    January 12, 2013

    “It’s a worthy cause and we like trees here at PITB, so do the earth and yourself a favour and watch this video a whole bunch of times.” Meant to say so does the earth?

    But jesus, I love these videos. So epic, well directed and entertaining.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      January 12, 2013

      Nope, the sentence is correct. As in: Do the earth a favour, do yourself a favour. But I think if I rearrange them it will make more sense.

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      • madwag
        January 12, 2013

        soundly more succinct the way it was. the original misreading is just a castigation of our education system and its failure to teach folks to read and write good.

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        • Adam Nowek
          January 14, 2013

          *well

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  7. jenny wren
    January 12, 2013

    I’m in love with a lumberjack
    And ever so happy hockey’s back

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