We adored this Documentary so much at TIFF ’23. Here’s a glimpse of the Trailer for MR. DRESSUP: THE MAGIC OF MAKE-BELIEVE!
Beloved by millions of Canadians, the Mr. Dressup series has a legacy of bringing kindness and thoughtfulness to generations of young people. The celebrated documentary has toured Canada at local film festivals and now the Amazon Original film Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe makes it premiere on October 10, 2023. The film tells the origins and history of Canada’s favourite children’s show, Mr. Dressup, which built a legacy of kindness, patience, inclusiveness, and creativity in 4,000 episodes across 29 years on CBC. With never-before-seen footage and interivews, the documentary reveals Ernie Coombs’ two passions: Entertaining others with childlike wonderment and kindness, and the love for his wife and family, who were his support system and biggest fans. From his early days working with Fred Rogers, to his remarkable creative collaboration with puppeteer Judith Lawrence (voice and creator of Casey and Finnegan), to the 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.