Yesterday we dipped our toe into one of the more unusual offerings of the National Film Board of Canada, and today we jump waist-deep into weirdness with Ti-Jean Goes Lumbering (Jean Palardy, 1953). Ti-Jean is a French Canadian folk character brought over from France that I must admit to having never heard of before and being entirely unaware of his cinematic exploits until now. In Ti-Jean Goes Lumbering, Ti-Jean is the Northwoods’ pint-sized answer to Paul Bunyan, riding a white horse into a logging camp where the mighty youngster puts his bearded brethren to shame with his displays of super-strength and his peerless skills as an outdoorsman. It’s childhood fantasy at its maple-flavoured best and if it seems to strange to believe, consider that two more films were made by the NFB detailing the exploits of this freckle-faced collection of flannel-wearing clichés.
As per the NFB:
Ten-year-old Ti-Jean’s feats dwarf those of even the strongest lumberjacks as he fells timber, cuts, carries and piles heavy logs, and comes out the victor in every contest. This short French-Canadian folk tale portrays typical life in a winter logging camp.