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June 25, 2004

Hinterland Who's Who

I am honestly choking up as I watch these clips. The cougar. The beaver. The ptarmigan, of course. They are all here. Canadians my age grew up with Hinterland Who's Who clips and that tune is now etched into our psyches.

It begins with the first few bars of the hauntingly familiar flute melody. We’re talking of course about the nostalgic theme music that’s been in the background of Hinterland Who’s Who television spots for nearly 40 years.

All I live for now is to see the one where the narrator asks, "Will the snake eat the frog? Or will the frog eat the snake?" A gnomic parable for our country. And there was the one where the beaver fights off a mountain lion. That beaver kicked ass.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 25, 2004 08:40 AM

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"Hinterland's" wistful flute music was engraved into my childhood psyche. I used to wake up very early to watch the CBC when the test pattern was still on. I wanted to be in time to catch "we are now beginning our programming day", the national anthem, and The Friendly Giant. HWW was an essential part of the mix. To me, there was nothing more quintessentially Canadian.

Posted by: Jim at June 25, 2004 10:31 AM

Agreed. What a find, well done!

Looking at many of them, I think the muskox one was the most interesting to me as a kid - these alien looking beasts roaming around the northern wilderness. Quite evocative.

Posted by: Mike at June 25, 2004 11:32 AM

Remember at the end when they said if you want more information please write?

Well when I was a kid my mom wrote away and we got some information sheets on Gray Jay and a couple of others.

Boy was I ever excited!!

Ahhh memories.

Posted by: The Meatriarchy at June 25, 2004 09:19 PM

I have only caught one and noticed the slightly funkified homage to the old music in the new - kind of like the updating of Hockey Night in Canada's theme that happens every few seasons. I think it was on the woodchuck. That was always the best one - the woodchuck.

Posted by: Alan at June 26, 2004 09:24 AM

"XNY - 556, A for Apple"

Posted by: Kate at June 26, 2004 11:33 AM

XNY - 556, C for Charlie!

Posted by: Flea at June 26, 2004 11:39 AM