An image of a person wearing a top hat, glasses, and black and white scarf. To their left is a red tickle trunk with flowers painted onto it. The trunk is full of colourful clothes spilling over the edge. The person has on a fantastical black top, making it seem like they have six arms with white gloves covering the hands. In the background are shelves full of stuffed animals and other toys.

Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make Believe

Based on the life and career of legendary Canadian children’s entertainer Ernie Coombs—or, as he is more commonly known by millions of fans, Mr. Dressup, this documentary celebrates the origins and history of one of Canada’s most beloved CBC children shows, which enriched the lives of five generations. This film celebrates the expansiveness of gender, and has special connections to the Nogojiwanong community.

Guest in attendance, Q&A with Greg Floyd.

About the Filmmaker

Rob McCallum
Armed with infectious positive energy and a deep love of pop culture, Rob McCallum has spent the last 20 years making documentaries on the coolest subjects imaginable: cartoons, action figures, video games and music. He’s garnered three Emmy-nominations for his writing and directing skills, won numerous awards for his films and raised over $500K via crowdfunding initiatives. A Canadian-American dual citizen, Rob has helmed a slew of universally loved projects including the fan-favourite, Power of Grayskull, the award-winning festival darling, Missing Mom, and the ever-green video game adventure, Nintendo Quest.

Greg Floyd
Born & raised in Peterborough, I attended Crestwood Secondary School. I have been Post Producer for the past 6 years on a variety of reality series. Big Brother, Battle of the Blades, Blown Away, Drink Masters, Best In Miniature, and All Round Champion are a few of the projects I have worked on. Mr Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe is my first Executive Producer credit. This title was awarded at the end of the project to recognize the significant effort, and creativity I added to the documentary. It was an absolute dream to bring the story of such a beloved “Canadian” Icon to the world. I am delighted to share this with the people of Peterborough. The documentary starts with a bittersweet Convocation Speech by Ernie at Trent University in 2001. It would be his last major public appearance. “Don’t take life to seriously, cause it doesn’t last forever…”

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