Nanaimo, BC resident Todd Cameron knew he’d love the sitcom Schitt’s Creek from the first episode he watched about five years ago.
“I’ve never laughed or cried so much at a sitcom in my life,” Cameron said over the phone.
The CBC comedy starred actors Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy, and follows the once-wealthy Rose family in a plot from riches to misery.
After the show ended in 2020, Cameron, 47, said he was inspired to honor the series creatively.
With the pandemic in full swing and more time available, he said he combined his love for the show and vintage Fisher Price toys to create a stop-motion video of the character’s song. by Alexis Rose, A little Alexis.
He posted the video on Twitter and received thousands of likes and retweets.
One of the biggest moments, he said, was when Dan Levy — writer, producer, director and actor — called the video a “masterpiece.”
“It kind of gave me confidence to keep going,” Cameron said.
Spread some of this comedy
Two years later, Cameron is still creating fan art dedicated to the series, which he shares via social media accounts under the handle The Little Schitts.
For six months last year, he built a miniature set replicating some of the show’s locations, like the Rosebud Motel and Cafe Tropical.
He also created the characters for the series using old Little Tikes Toddle Tots, egg-shaped figurines. He says he originally created it for himself and his 3-year-old son Jack to play with, then decided to share photo and video recreations of scenes from the show on social media.
Cameron says he maintains The Little Schitts accounts because it’s a way for him to express his creativity while bringing joy to other fans around the world.
“It feels good to know that I’m spreading some of that comedy and love that I got from the show to the world.”
Other fans of the show say they have positively connected to Cameron’s works.
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Ashley Arndt, who lives in Durham, North Carolina, says she discovered her work two years ago through Schitt’s Creek Facebook fan groups. She says she also likes vintage toys, seeing her work makes her happy.
“You feel like it’s okay to be a kid and laugh at the little things,” Arndt said.
Portland, Oregon resident Dawn Shoppe, moderator of the Fans of Schitt’s Creek Facebook group, says Cameron’s artwork teaches other fans to embrace their love for the show.
“His work has brought us so much joy, as has the show,” she said.
Pennsauken, NJ resident Joe Black found Cameron’s work on Twitter and says he now uses the app daily to see the latest designs.
Black says he appreciates how Cameron often creates art from lines from the show that people may have forgotten about, and how he takes obscure references from character lines that haven’t been televised. and imagine what they might have looked like.
“He never disappoints me,” Black said.
The six-season show has garnered a cult following, which began in Canada and gradually spread south of the border and then across the world after the series became available on Netflix in 2017.
Cameron says it can take around two to four hours to recreate a scene to shoot, and up to four additional hours to create a stop-motion video.
Despite the countless hours, Cameron says he’s proud to show his son that people can spread positivity through their passions.
“I really love it.”