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Title: The Legend of the Flying Canoe (La Chasse-galerie)
Director: Doucet, Robert
Year: 1996
Length: 10 min 35 s

The time: New Year's Eve, late 1800s. The place: Gatineau Valley, Quebec. A group of loggers, working in an isolated winter camp, yearn to celebrate New Year's Eve with their loved ones. But the river is frozen, the sky is dark, and swirling snow makes travelling treacherous. If the men want to see their families, their only choice is to make a pact with the devil to ride in a flying canoe.

While pacts with the devil are the stuff of legends from another time, the cautionary tale of The Flying Canoe has a resonance for modern life. Original music and bold animation preserve the spirit of this well-known Quebec legend derived from La Chasse-galerie, first published in 1891 by Honoré Beaugrand. Hand-drawn animation scanned and coloured on computer.

Robert Doucet

Robert Doucet

William Pettigrew

Marcy Page

Executive producer
Barrie McLean

Sound mix
Serge Boivin

Sound mix
Geoffrey Mitchell

Yvon Thiboutot

Normand Roger

Technique(s) used

Animated drawings

Drawing on paper with computer rendering