Chilly Beach

Chilly Beach

Chilly Beach is a Canadian animated series, which airs on CBC Television in Canada and The Comedy Channel in Australia. The series is a comedic depiction of life in the fictional Canadian town of Chilly Beach, described by the producers as "a bunch of Canadians doing the stuff that Canadians do, like playing hockey, drinking beer, and being eaten by polar bears." Chilly Beach plays on nearly every conceivable stereotype that people have about Canadians in a satirical manner.

The show began as an animated Flash site on the Web, and was developed into a CBC TV series which first aired in 2003.

An early version of the Chilly Beach feature film, The World Is Hot Enough, made its theatrical debut at Cinéfest in September 2005. Guest stars on the show have included William Shatner, Joe Flaherty, Leslie Nielsen, Elvis Stojko, Lawrence Gowan and David Suzuki.

The show is produced in Sudbury, Ontario by March Entertainment.

As of March, 2008, three seasons of the show have been produced for a total of 65 episodes.

Characters

Main characters:

  • Dale MacDonald - is a somewhat stupid and fat stereotypical Canadian. He has a crush on April June, who detests Dale, and has a best friend, Frank Shackleford, whose genius would go more appreciated if Dale didn't accidentally destroy most of his brilliant inventions with a stray puck. He owns a Zamboni and considers ice resurfacing a skilled trade. Devoted fan of hockey, especially his favourite team the Montreal Tourtières, in direct opposition to Frank's support of the Toronto Ptarmigans (second from left; wearing red jersey).
  • Frank Shackleford - A beer store owner and Dale's best friend. Also a modest scientific genius; he once created a portal to another galaxy (next to Dale; wearing blue jersey). He holds a PhD in physics, but chooses to run a beer store because "physicists don't bring home two-fours, even on weekends".
  • Jacques LaRock - An unhygenic greasy spoon owner and former hockey player from Quebec who serves a poutine made from a recipe passed down from his mother (middle-right; brown mustache).
  • April June - A waitress and ferocious animal rights activist (middle; next to polar bear). Dale is constantly trying to get her to date him, but she resolutely remains uninterested.
  • Angus MacAuger - An eccentric and hermetic Scottish trapper (far left; orange facial hair)
  • Katherine Hilderbrand - The disgruntled (and highly patriotic) Assistant Deputy American Ambassador to Canada (far right)
  • Abby - Katherine's inquisitive and intelligent daughter (next to Katherine). She is an aspiring anthropologist constantly trying to understand Canadian culture.
  • Constable Al - An Indo-Canadian mountie, the only form of law enforcement in Chilly Beach usually found riding his police horse (upper right).
  • Michel Mabuis - Nebbishy nephew of Jacques LaRock, a friend of Abby who enjoys figure skating.
  • Polar Bear - Large animal who frequently eats citizens of Chilly Beach, somehow has with a pleasant British accent, and lives with a taciturn penguin (the bear in the middle)

The characters Abby and Michel were deemed unpopular after season one, and largely disappeared from the show in subsequent seasons.

Minor characters:

  • Antoine DelVecchio - Chilly Beach's corrupt and incompetent Member of Parliament, voiced by Joe Flaherty. (Not pictured.)
  • Lucretia Marinara - the local butcher and girlfriend of Jacques LaRock, voiced by Andrea Martin. (Not pictured.)
  • Panic Man - a completely unnamed character who shows up regularly only to panic at whatever is happening and run off. (Not pictured.)
  • The President - unnamed President of the United States, voiced in one episode by William Shatner. At one point he tells the President of Generistan to call him "Henry".(Not pictured.)
  • Dave Macdonald - Appears in only one episode and not in the inset picture. Dale's perfect and well-loved older brother. He is the total opposite of Dale. He came to Chilly Beach hoping Dale would give him a kidney in order to live. However is turns out their blood types are incompatible, so one of them was actually adopted. He got his new kidney thanks to Frank, who was tied up and gagged by Dale. Apparently, he's from Saskatoon.

Setting

Chilly Beach is a small town located on a large iceberg, presumably in the Canadian Arctic. The iceberg is seemingly a floating island that can move around in the water. There are some trees and wildlife as well as a mountain with caves. According to at least one episode, the island is located in northwestern Hudson Bay, placing it in Nunavut.

Merchandises:

  • Chilly Beach DVD season 1
  • Chilly Beach DVD season 2 (coming soon)
  • Chilly Beach Shirts
  • Chilly Beach The World Is Hot Enough DVD

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