Saturday, September 22, 2007

mouseland

thanks colette amelia for turning me on to tommy douglas' wonderful allegorical fable 'mouseland.' I'd like to share an animated version of mouseland with visitors to the mouse. this youtube video is introduced by tommy douglas's grandson kiefer sutherland the narration is done by douglas himself. perhaps others will also find the message of mouseland is not a message solely for canadians but for all of us mice, I mean humans! - sit back and enjoy!



tommy douglas is a new hero of mine and proof that sometimes it's not only the scum that rises to the top in politics - sometimes cream rises too! tommy douglas was premier of saskatchewan from 1944 until 1961 and as such was the leader of first elected socialist government in north america. in addition to being a terrific story-teller, the originator of canada's government funded medical system, and visionary politician, in 2004 he was elected as 'the greatest canadian' of all-time. he was one mighty wise mouse! eek!

5 comments:

Dumdad said...

Maurice and I really enjoyed watching this. Thanks.

Colette Amelia said...

Wow! Thanks Kimy for all that research. Tommy Douglas was indeed a good man. WE definitely need more of him everywhere.

Ekim said...

Thanks for sharing this with the world.

kimy said...

you are all welcome - especially maurice, perhaps he will start organizing his brethren!

ca THANK YOU for turning me on to mouseland and tommy douglas.

ah ekim, let's hope the message continues to go round!

Mohamed said...

Kimy - what a fantastic find.. I have always been impressed by Canada's medical system and now I know who was behind it. The animation video and story is simple but a classic. Thanks for sharing - I'm going to read more about Tommy Douglas. You can actually have decent, hardworking politicians, eh. A little glimmer of hope, perhaps...