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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blackberry Subway Jam

So, a few months ago, I finally discovered the official website for the National Film Board of Canada.  It's pretty cool, as they've been posting hundreds of their legendary animated short films and documentaries for all the world to see.

And a few days ago, I was thrilled when they posted one of their animated shorts that I have very vivid memories of from when I was a kid, Blackberry Subway Jam.

Blackberry Subway Jam is based on the Robert Munsch story, Johnathon Cleaned Up -- Then He Heard a Sound.  It follows the adventures of Johnathon.  When his mother leaves him home alone one day, he discovers that the city has declared his home a subway station.  Sick and tired of all the subway passengers coming through his house, and his mother blaming him for the mess, Johnathon gets his first taste of municipal politics as he goes on a quest to get the city to move the subway station.

Why tell you about it when I can show it to you?

Perhaps my memories are so vivid because of when I first saw it.  I saw it on TV when I was a kid.  CBC was showing the Jim Henson classic The Dark Crystal.  The movie ran a few minutes short, so they showed Blackberry Subway Jam at the end to fill time.  And that was just the pick-me up I needed!

I tell you, The Dark Crystal was a movie that scared the shit out of me when I was a kid.  It was just so weird and dark and freaky.  But I couldn't escape from it.  Because it had the family-friendly name of the Muppet guy on the front cover, it was shown at every birthday party I went to and a fair share of elementary school lunch hours.  Ever since college, I've been saying that, now that I'm a grown up, I'm going to sit down and watch it and finally fully comprehend it, but I haven't gotten around to it.

But when I do, I'll be sure to watch Blackberry Subway Jam at the end to replicate that viewing experience. 

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