Friday, June 03, 2011

the parks ad

O world's population, most of you are not in Saskatchewan. And why would you be? It's obnoxiously cold for half of the year and it's run by people who whose chief aspiration, before ending up in power, was selling you a nice pre-owned Honda.

But there are benefits to being a Saskatchewan resident. For example, our parks are pretty awesome. In fact, the only thing better than our parks is this ad for the Save Our Parks campaign. The magic happens at the 12 second mark, when the slightly grizzled grandfatherly figure switches from dewy-eyed nostalgia to blood-curdling rage.



Note the frantic cut away from grandpa's suddenly rage-clouded face, the edge of madness that dogs his narration, and that crooked, close-mouthed smile at the end. Why close-mouthed? To cover up his lupine fangs, of course. A full moon was probably blooming over the studio when they were shooting this thing.

Remember: you can't enjoy this kind of quality homicidal rage in other provinces. Let's get really, really angry about parks policies - the Saskatchewan way.

6 comments:

Disgraced Media Baron said...

Why, that's Kelly Handerek! And I would be more prone to blame that sudden change on a director not catching it at the time...or the armies of the undead agency and client reps screaming for something wholly unnatural onscreen, because "unnatural" is what pours across their leathery skin like butterscotch on a sundae.

palinode said...

Baron - Thanks for the name! I knew I recognized him but couldn't quite place him.

Marcel said...

Man, laughing.

M'dame Ovaree said...

My union made that ad! So proud.

Bon said...

i especially like the line, "you don't need to go anywhere else." i mean, i love public parks. but, um, yeh. last i noticed Paris, Bangkok & the Andes were all outside Saskatchewan and still mildly interesting.

DOT said...

I have to disagree with Bon, I lived in Paris and the Far East, KL, but have never been to Saskatchewan. I feel incomplete now. I miss the place beginning with Sas that I can't pronounce.