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This film recounts the adventures of a toy Native American canoe as it makes its way from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.


Bill Mason (as William Mason)


Stanley Jackson (commentary), Holling C. Holling (based on the story by: "Paddle To The Sea")

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Stanley Jackson Stanley Jackson ... Commentary (voice)


This film recounts the adventures of a toy Native American canoe as it makes its way from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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1 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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Sti thalassa armenizoume See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Edited into 50 for 50: Volume 1, Tape 4: Children's Choice (1989) See more »

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A Great Little Story That's Fun For Kids & Senior Citizens
23 May 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a nice little half-hour movie, which reminded me a bit of another film of similar length that was popular 50 years ago: The Red Balloon. "Paddle To The Sea," made 42 years ago, never got the publicity or achieved the popularity of "The Red Balloon" but if you liked the latter, you'll like this. I enjoyed them equally.

This is a Canadian movie which begins by showing a boy whittling this amazing piece of work: an Indian - very stoic looking - sitting in his canoe. On the side of the boat, he asks that anyone who handles this piece of art, "please throw it back in the water." The boy decides to let this boat go as far as it can in the water. Although he lives on a mountain, he knows once the ice of winter melts, the boat will slide down the steep hill into a small creek and then into a river, into a bigger river and, hopefully, all the way to Atlantic Ocean.

We (the camera) follow the progress of this little toy boat through several seasons, some human contact, some contact with sea creatures and birds. The little boat navigates down small rivers, rapids, whirlpools, big rivers, small lakes, big lakes, canals....you name it.

Unlike most of the reviewers here, I never saw this movie as a kid. I am only seeing it now as a 60-year-old man, but I enjoyed it as much as any kid. This is "good stuff" that should appeal to anyone.

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