As you already know, I love pop culture collectibles–everything from Cornelius Rooster to Snoopy. But I am Canadian. And what the heck is a Canadian pop culture collectible? Unless I want to add a bunch of beer memorabilia or…ack…a Celine Dion poster to my collection (which I don’t), it will continue to be a mish-mash of British and American offerings.
Unless I can get my hands on two Canadian hand puppets that I–and every Canadian child–grew up with. Barry Weiss had the honour of putting his paws on them–and, perhaps, in them–for an episode of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
You can see Barry and these two Canadian icons in action right here:
I have to admit that Casey and Finnegan do look a tad bit horrifying–just lying there all limp and empty. But they held generations of Canadian children spellbound in their heyday. Maybe we’re just a nation of idiots. Hm.
But watch this and witness the magic for yourself…
Now that’s four and a half minutes of your life that you’ll never get back. Okay, Casey is creepy–like a puppet pedophile. But Finnegan is still rather neat. And much more dexterous than his rubber- faced, squeaky- voiced friend with the abnormally rosy cheeks.
I wonder if Barry ever has nightmares about that ratty little freak.