I have to admit, I have absolutely zero memory of the Canada Pavillion at Disney's Epcot World Showcase. Granted, that's because I was super-schmoozed by England's audience-participation Shakespearian performances and Mexico's delicious restaurant. But apparently, I wasn't missing much, at least where the introductory Canadian film is concerned. The CBC has reported that after years of complaints, the film is finally being re-done.

The first contains footage shot from 1979, and has been criticized for it's focus on Canadians as lumberjacks, fishermen and Mounties. Gisele Danis of the Canadian Tourism Commission says: "I'd say that in the last 10 years ... we got a lot of complaints from Canadians who said, 'I don't think this is reflective of Canada. We're not just about geese. We're not about flannel jackets and we're definitely not about just great, wide-open landscapes." After years of lobbying, the CTC has gotten the change, one they've been involved in.

The new face of Canada will be none other than Martin Short, who says: "It's more of a comedic look ... it's, shall we say, a lighthearted examination of Canada. It's little vignettes and things, and I narrate it as well." Being familiar with Short's work, it's not surprising that this will include him playing a number of characters that range from a cowboy to a member of Cirque du Soleil. I don't know about you, but that sounds better to me than 70's landscapes.
categories Movies, Cinematical