When it comes to Disney films, Canadian representation has pretty much been limited to Mounties and … well, that’s it. Until now that is.
That’s because somebody at Disney has finally recognized the contributions of the Great White North and has finally created a character fashioned after all of our wonderful stereotypes.
Introducing… Peter Moosebridge.
Yup, that’s right. Peter Mansbridge will voice a moose named after him in the upcoming Disney film Zootopia — a movie that looks at what would happen to animals if humans never existed. The CBC news anchor has long been a reassuring voice in many Canadian households, and now he’s making his North American debut. As a moose.
According to a statement from the studio to CBC, the character was always meant to be Canadian, and voiced by a Canadian.
“[We] couldn’t be more thrilled that, in the ultimate casting coup, we were able to convince the preeminent voice in Canadian news to accept this assignment,” said Greg Mason, vice-president of marketing for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada.
We can’t wait to see what other Canadian-ness this character brings to the screen. Will he be a hockey playing moose? Add an “eh” to the end of every few sentences? Eat poutine while on the air? Okay, sure. These are pretty superficial stereotypes for a country that’s so all-inclusive and all-encompassing. But c’mon — it’s Disney, and it’s always fun to see how America represents our country.
“I was immediately intrigued when I received the proposal for this cameo role, of a newscaster no less,” Mansbridge told CBC. “These films were part of my childhood and now I see my kids and grandkids watching them.”
For sure they will, especially since the likes of Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Alan Tudyk (Trumbo) and Tommy Chong are also on board to voice.
Zootopia is expected to hit theatres in March next year. Until then, here’s a trailer just for you.