Another new film has debuted today at Epcot – Canada Far & Wide. Taking place in the Circle-Vision 360 theater in the Canada Pavilion, Canada Far & Wide is an update to the “O Canada!” film that has been a staple in the pavilion since 2007, and in some fashion since 1982.
Canada Far & Wide features narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, accompanied by a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington.
If Awesome Planet was pitch-perfect, and the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along was tone deaf, Canada Far & Wide is probably somewhere in between. It smartly focuses on the natural beauty of our neighbor to the north, but might lack some of the narration charisma that was brought to “O Canada!” by Martin Short. Of course, those are big shoes to fill and while there are some funny moments in Canada Far & Wide, it is an otherwise flat narration by two actors that could probably have shined a bit more.
Another potential shortcoming of the film is the fact that you can pretty much take in the entirety of the film while facing a single direction. We would have liked to see the use of the 360-degree theater in a more unique way.
Either way, Canada Far & Wide does succeed in getting a new film without IP into a park that is seeing the infusion of IP around every corner. For that, we are quite happy.