Yesterday I was doing some work around the house when I heard the voices of Bob and Doug McKenzie coming from the den. I was wondering if Tess stumbled upon a random video of theirs. Turns out the characters were the talking Moose Rutt and Tuke from the 2003 Disney film Brother Bear. They’re shameless ripoffs of the McKenzie Brothers, but it made me want to put on the brilliant 1981 Great White North album, one of my earliest introductions to Canadian culture.
The irony being the McKenzie Brothers skit on SCTV was an tongue and cheek response to the Canadian content legislation which pushed the show to dedicate at least two minutes to something uniquely Canadian. Rick Moranis explains the genesis brilliantly as part of the following interview for Nickolodean—kudos to Moranis for putting up with the interviewer and making it actually interesting.