Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe

November 20, 2023 2:00 PM

Rob McCallum's comprehensive and nostalgic look at the famed and iconic television show from Canada, and its beloved host. The show impacted multiple generations across its 39 year presence on television and its on-going legacy. Includes interviews with Michael J. Fox, Eric McCormack, Graham Greene, Bif Naked, Peter Mansbridge and others.

The origins and history of Canada’s favorite children’s show, Mr. Dressup, which built a legacy of kindness, patience, inclusiveness and creativity on CBC. With never-before-seen footage and interviews, the documentary reveals Ernie Coombs’ passion for entertaining others with childlike wonderment and kindness, and the love for his wife and family.

From his early days working with Fred Rogers to his creative collaboration with puppeteer Judith Lawrence (voice and creator of Casey and Finnegan), to struggles to fund the iconic series, and finally, his second act touring college campuses, the documentary shows the highs-and-lows of the creative force that helped raise Canadian children for well over four decades.

Millions of us watched Mr. Dressup as children, and I'd reckon the majority of us never truly appreciated what he meant to us during those impressionable years. Rachel Ho/

Proceeds to the Hamilton Out of the Cold

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