Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe

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90 minutes – Documentary
Language: English
Festival release date: September 9, 2023 – Toronto International Film Festival (World Premiere)
Release date: TBA
Production company: marblemedia, Hawkeye Pictures,
Canadian distributor: Distribution 360

Mr. Dressup was Ernie Coombs, an American artist who ended up in Canada and ended up spending almost 30 years of his life playing this character in 4000 episodes of his show that ran on CBC from 1967 to 1996. The 90-minute documentary combines never-before-seen archival footage, interviews with series puppeteers including original puppeteer Judith Lawrence, the Coombs family, many notable Canadians, who share the impact the series had on them. The project also includes fascinating insights into Coombs and how he worked with other key creators and partners, including his friendship with Fred Rogers.

Produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund and Ontario Creates. An Amazon Prime Video Original in association with CBC.
Also see: CDN Docs at TIFF’23.

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Crew:

Producer:

Mark J.W. Bishop
Matthew Hornburg
Nina Keogh
Jordan Christopher Morris
Aeschylus Poulos

Executive Producer:

Sonya Di Rienzo
Greg Floyd
Donna Luke
Robert McCallum
Justin Schoenrock
Matthew Wexler

Associate Producer:

Julia Lee

Director:

Rob McCallum

Screenwriter:

Rob McCallum
Jordan C. Morris

Cinematographer:

John M. Tran

Editor:

David New
Nathan Shields

Composer:

Jonathan Goldsmith

Production Designer:

Rudin Caushi

Cast: Roles:

Michael J. Fox
Graham Greene
Eric McCormack
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
Jonathan Torrens
Scott Thompson
Bruce McCulloch
Andrew Phung
Bif Naked
Peter Mansbridge
Judith Lawrence
Fred Penner
Nina Keogh
Stuart Gilchrist
Chris Coombs
Mark Kersey
Cathie LeFort
Jim Parker
Lilly Barnes
Susan Marcus

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