Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Paddle to the Sea
If you were a Canadian kid in the late 1960s - 1970s, it's a sure bet that you'll have memories of this 1966 classic Canadian children's film. Paddle to the Sea is based on the book of the same name by Holling C. Holling, with the film version directed by Bill Mason and produced by the great National Film Board. The story (from the NFB site): "During the long winter night, an Indian boy sets out to carve a man and a canoe. He calls the man "Paddle to the Sea." The boy sets the carving down on a frozen stream to await the coming of spring. The film charts the adventures that befall the canoe on its long odyssey from Lake Superior to the sea. This delightful story is photographed with great patience and an eye for the beauty of living things, offering vivid impressions of Canada's varied landscape and waterways." It's a lovely film to watch. You can order it directly from the NFB here.