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The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes (1968)

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Both a documentary and a comedy. It features a man on a canoe tour of the Great Lakes while the geological time frame changes around him. He finds himself atop the great glacier, and then ... See full summary »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Both a documentary and a comedy. It features a man on a canoe tour of the Great Lakes while the geological time frame changes around him. He finds himself atop the great glacier, and then suddenly falling from the sky as it is removed. His canoe teeters from a cliff after the shoreline vanishes. He sips pure water from the lake as it suddenly changes to a modern polluted state. Written by Andrew Baird-Kerr <andrewbk@networx.on.ca>

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Funniest educational video ever!
2 June 2004 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in my eighth grade geography class, and I liked it so much that I talked our teacher into showing it two more times. Most educational videos are incredibly stupid, but this one is clever and enjoyable, and can hold your attention the whole way through.

The plot is that a guy (who looks exactly like a younger version of Red Green) is canoeing through one of the Great Lakes, and is suddenly transported millions of years back in time to the Ice Age (don't ask me why). He then gradually moves forward through time, learning about the history of the Lakes along the way. A lot of crazy things happen to this guy, such as falling hundreds of feet through the air, and almost getting run over by a boat.

Another bizarre thing about this movie is the music. The history of the Lakes is told through... square-dancing music (don't ask me why). The narrator sings about the way the glaciers formed the lakes while violins and harmonicas play in the background. It is very stupid, but also funny, and it actually gets you to pay attention to what is being said, unlike most educational movies.

As far as geology movies go, this one is at the top of its class. I don't know where you would find this obscure movie, but if you ever do, it is worth a watch.


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