Winter Wednesday Night Movies
March 20 @ 7:00 pm$12
The movies take place at the Prince Rupert Cineplex at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30. You do not buy a ticket through the Cineplex system, rather you come to our PRCAC table outside whichever theatre our movie is scheduled to be shown in, with $12 in cash and if you can bring the correct change it would really help.
Movie: Mr. Dressup the Magic of Make Believe
Robert McCallum’s documentary looks at the life and work of Ernie Coombs, the nerdy American artist who became one of the CBC’s most beloved children’s personalities – a grown-up pal to kids across the country for nearly 30 years, both on his TV show and in innumerable public appearances. The film also explores the love story of Coombs, his wife Lynn, and their kids, who grew up sharing their father with every other child in Canada.
McCallum takes an almost cozy approach to the story, recreating the Mr. Dressup set and moving through Coombs’ life chronologically, mixing in archival interviews and behind-the-scenes footage while assembling a who’s who of Canadians influenced by the show: Michael J. Fox, Eric McCormack, Bit Naked, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Andrew Phung, Fred Penner, Barenaked Ladies, Graham Greene, Bruce McCulloch, Scott Thompson, Jonathan Torrens, Yannick Bisson, and more.
There’s some nostalgia at play here, of course, and it just feels good to see beloved sets and props lovingly revived by McCallum’s team. But there’s more to Mr. Dressup – and this documentary – than a trunk and puppets and tinkly music: it’s about the importance of raising children with kindness, compassion, inclusion, and empathy, and encouraging them to explore the world and make it a little brighter.