American Sniper may have been largely snubbed at the Academy Awards, but Canadian Sniper is winning praise (and going viral) north of the border. The hilarious parody of Clint Eastwood’s U.S. war drama re-imagines the Oscar-nominated film if it was set in Canada – and with more than 500,000 views on YouTube so far, it’s not hard to see what all the fuss is “aboot.”
Produced by comedy duo Jeff Ayars and Dan Rosen, a.k.a. Cannibal Milkshake, the spoof references the best of Canadian stereotypes – including our love of Tim Hortons, unnecessary politeness and a rogue moose on the loose.
“A deadly domestic moose attack spurs an unlikely hero into action in this parody based on that trailer for that movie based on that book,” reads the video description.
Co-creator Jeff, who isn't actually Canadian, told the CBC that they were inspired to create the fake trailer in part because he resembles Hollywood star Bradley Cooper.
" Canadian Sniper seemed like an opportunity to simultaneously satirize the intense patriotism of American Sniper, as well as the obtuse stereotypes Americans have of Canadians," he told the CBC in an email.
Bradley Cooper was nominated for his role in American Sniper.
Aside from all the obvious jokes about Canada, the trailer also satirizes American Sniper’s famous fake baby – which, in this version, is fed maple syrup.
Though it has yet to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, Canadian Sniper has apparently already won accolades from the so-called “Snowdance” film festival and is being praised as “a powerful display of denim” by its fictional critics.