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The National Scream (1980)

A mock-documentary telling the tale of the investigation of the disappearance of the Canadian national symbol, the beaver.




Complete credited cast:
Winnie Gosselin Winnie Gosselin ... Elizabeth Bentham
Eugène Bélec Eugène Bélec ... Sergeant Bélisle
Stephen Bloomer Stephen Bloomer ... Vice-Admiral Owens (as Steve Bloomer)
Évelyn Regimbald ... BCC Lady
Elwy Yost Elwy Yost ... Self (English version)
Jacques Beaulieu Jacques Beaulieu ... Self (French version)


This animated satire/documentary takes a comic look at Canada's national symbol 'the beaver'. It is a few days before Canada Day (July 1) and Canada's national beaver has disappeared. Horrors! All available resources are mobilized to catch the thief and return our precious symbol. Written by Blair Stannard

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Wow...I liked this, eh.
14 August 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

There is a myth that Canadians have no sense of humor, though the fact is they do--it's just that sometimes it's very, very subtle. This wonderful mockumentary is a great example of this.

The film purports to represent a dark era in Canada. It seems that their national symbol, the beaver, is looked after by a lady whose job it is to feed and care for him. But, out of the blue (or 'bleu'), it has been stolen--sending the nation into a tizzy of excitement. It seems that without their beloved beaver, the nation itself is without an identity and life throughout the country has come to a grinding halt.

The film is very much a tongue-in-cheek joke and it's one I got and enjoyed thoroughly. I liked how the film good naturedly made fun of itself and used extensive fake newspaper headlines and interviews to almost convince the viewer that it is all true! Very clever and very funny--it's a wonderful film for Canadians and non-Canadians alike.

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October 1980 (USA) See more »

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La fièvre du castor See more »

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