From a media release:
CANADA’S FIRST ABORIGINAL CARTOON â€œBY THE RAPIDSâ€ IS BACK FOR A SECOND SEASON WITH MORE SATIRE, POP-CULTURE REFERENCES & ONE-LINE ZINGERS
- â€œBY THE RAPIDSâ€ season two premieres Thursday, Oct. 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET 7:30 pm ET on APTN
Finally settling into small town life, Cory Littlehorn and his family are back for more fish-out-of-water adventures in season two of Canada’s primetime animated series â€œBy the Rapids.â€ Returning with a more grown-up and satirical approach, â€œBy the Rapidsâ€ (6 x 30′) takes viewers on a hilarious and eye-opening ride as Cory, a teenaged, tech-savvy urbanite and his parents discover what it is like to adjust to life without all of the conveniences of a big city. Rising-star Canadian actress Tiio Horn â€“ who appeared in three films at the 2009 Toronto Int. Film Festival â€“ returns as the voices of Bev, Karen and Hazel Littlehorn. â€œBy the Rapidsâ€ season two airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET 7:30 pm ET beginning Oct. 29 on APTN.
â€œThe second season of â€œBy the Rapidsâ€ has evolved â€“ much like the Littlehorns themselves,â€ says Joseph Lazare, the 25-year-old series creator, writer and director who found the inspiration for the show in his own experiences growing up in a small Mohawk community. â€œThis time around, we are seeing more of Cory’s city-slicker family and how they adjust to living in a small community. While the series has a lot of humour there’s a bit of drama to it as well â€“ we touch on real issues that happen in Aboriginal communities.â€
â€œBy the Rapidsâ€ is an animated comedy with attitude. Returning for its second season, the series takes a satirical look at what happens when a thoroughly urban and pampered family relocates from Toronto to the rural Native community where the successful lawyer parents were born and raised. Chock full of pop-culture references, funny one-liners, and subtle dramatic beats, the new season sees more of Cory and his family, including mom Bev and dad Wayne, attempting not to stick out like sore thumbs. With the help of Grandma Hazel, Cousin Karen, Uncle Regis and Karen’s boyfriend Derek, their adjustment to life in the community of By the Rapids will be a bit smoother â€“ or so they think.
In the season premiere airing Thursday, Oct. 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET 7:30 pm ET Bev, Wayne, and Cory settle into Grandma Hazel’s house. Bev and Wayne begin operation of the Littlehorn and Littlehorn law practice while Cory is thrilled to find an internet connection. Cory tries to explain the benefits of online social networking to Karen and Regis but when he attempts to use the web to promote a community art show things don’t go as planned. Meanwhile, the community vote on whether to build a casino is split â€“ which leads to a rather unusual solution.
Season two of â€œBy The Rapidsâ€ also features guest appearances from â€œKids in the Hallâ€ alum Scott Thompson, Canadian actor Gordon Tootoosis, and Olympian Waneek Horn Miller.