Paddle to the Sea
|Paddle to the Sea|
|Directed by||Bill Mason|
|Produced by||Julian Biggs|
|Screenplay by||Bill Mason|
by Holling C. Holling
|Narrated by||Stanley Jackson|
|Music by||Louis Applebaum|
|Distributed by||National Film Board of Canada|
|27 min 59 s|
Paddle to the Sea (French: Vogue-à-la-mer) is a 1966 National Film Board of Canada short live-action film directed, shot and edited by Bill Mason, based on the 1941 children's book Paddle-to-the-Sea by American author and illustrator Holling C. Holling. The film follows the adventures of a child's hand-carved toy Indian in a canoe as it makes its way from Lake Superior to the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, through Canada's waterways. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 40th Academy Awards. Louis Applebaum composed the musical score.
The film differs from the children's book in its inclusion of the problem of water pollution. While Holling's 1941 book focuses only on the geography and commercial importance of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River, Mason's film includes a sequence where the tiny boat must endure polluted waters, shot on Lake Superior near Marathon, Ontario.
- Dean, Misao (2013). Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism. University of Toronto Press. p. 136. ISBN 978-1442612877.
- Wyndham Wise, ed. (2001-09-08). "Paddle to the Sea". Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film. University of Toronto Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-0802083982.
- "Paddle to the Sea". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Toronto International Film Festival.
- Dean, p. 126
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