July 1, 2013

Canada in cartoons

Canada in cartoons

Happy Canada Day, my Canadian readers.

In honor of today, I thought I’d write a post about depictions of Canada and Canadian culture in cartoons.

Minorities in cartoons

Northstar
“Uncanny X-Men” #414 (December 2002). Art by Steve Uy.

A few Canada-related entries I’ve written include:

The end of the penny

YouTube contributor CGPGrey made this video on how Canada will benefit from eliminating the penny. Canada stopped producing pennies in 2012 to save money, deeming the cost of producing them not worthwhile.

Canadian television

Canada’s CBC has produced some animated station identifications. The most famous of these is the classic CBC bumper, both in English and (for Radio-Canada) in French.

Not to be outdone, rival network CTV also has its own animated identifications. CTV-made shows that air in syndication here stateside (such as “Cold Squad”) usually include CTV’s bumper.

The metric system

Canada, like nearly every other country on Earth (save the United States, Burma, and Liberia) officially uses the metric system. Canada transitioned to metric some decades ago; as part of the switch, they produced some animated shorts on how to “think metric” in a simple fashion. Here’s one video focusing on snowfall in centimeters.

The United States/Canada border

Another YouTube video by CGPGrey covers the history of the border between the United States and Canada. The video points out irregularities such as the Northwest Angle in Minnesota.

Hockey

Peter Puck is a cartoon character created in the 70s to teach hockey basics to the general public. He was originally animated by Hanna-Barbera. In the 2010s, Peter got a new batch of now-CGI-animated shorts. Here’s one example of the modernized CGI Peter.

For more on hockey in cartoons (not just Canadian-made ones), see my post on the subject.

The National Film Board

The National Film Board of Canada has offered various animated shorts over the years. “The Cat Came Back,” for example, used to heavily air during commercial breaks on Nickelodeon in the US. Another popular short is “The Sweater,” which focuses on the country’s favorite sport.

(Updated 6/26/17)

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