Johnny Canuck returns, honours Vancouver history as incredible series continues (VIDEO)

Things may not have gone as well as the Canucks had hoped it would when they dusted off and donned the Millionaires apparel on Saturday versus the Detroit (although the game was an accurate representation of what would happen if a Vancouver team from 100 years ago played the 2013 Red Wings), but that doesn’t mean the evening wasn’t without highlights.

The uniforms looked fantastic, for one. Say what you will about khaki-coloured hockey pants — I thought they were awesome.

For another, the evening yielded the fifth Johnny Canuck video from Adam Mackay-Smith, the second half of the two-part “Legend of Johnny Canuck” series. And, as we’ve come to expect from the local filmmaker, it was absolutely fantastic. Since it debuted in the arena during the game, and by the time it hit Youtube at game’s end, you may have wanted to expunge the thought of the Canucks-as-Millionaires from your mind forever, there’s a good possibility you haven’t seen it yet. Let’s remedy that immediately:

So, so good. As usual, the film was filled with all sorts of little touches, from the way the little boy rubs his nose and leaves a moustache made of dirt to the nod to Denman Arena, destroyed by fire 25 years after it was built and 21 years after the Millionaires won the Stanley Cup on its historic, artificial ice. I also loved the quick reference to the rest of the films in this series.

But really, it’s the epic but dreamy mood of these videos that make them so successful, and this one is no different. From the music to the atmosphere to the wry, DIY touches (like the little car on the backdrop early on), it’s just beautifully stitched together.

If you’re new to this series, get yourself caught up on the entire incredible “My Name is Johnny Canuck” series, which began just ahead of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final:

From there, Johnny Canuck returned in “The Heartbreak of Johnny Canuck” as he struggled to pull himself back together after a loss at the hands of the bruin.

The third Johnny Canuck video, “The Unfinished Fight of Johnny Canuck”, debuted in time for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, which was, unfortunately, short-lived.

The fourth came to us at the beginning of this season in January, and it’s definitely worth another watch now, as it features teases to the fifth that make a lot more sense in hindsight:

Here’s hoping it’s not too long before we see Johnny Canuck again. I suspect it won’t be, now that Mackay-Smith is working with the Canucks, as well as a sponsor.

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  1. Kent Basky
    March 18, 2013

    Couldn’t be prouder of Adam. He and I were at Cable 10 in Kamloops in the early 90′s (he was one of the masterminds behind Euphoria Emporium, a sketch comedy show, at the same time I was doing my music video show) and even back then I knew he was destined for bigger and better things.

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    • EllynBleu
      March 18, 2013

      … a local boy who has made good!!

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  2. cathylu
    March 18, 2013

    I shouldn’t have watched that at work…now I’m all teary-eyed.

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  3. Ken Johnson
    March 18, 2013

    So awesome. I hope they keep coming, I love every one of his videos.

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