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.Tags: johnny canuck, pump-up videos, The YouTubes