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If “Portlandia” is a TV spoof about life in Portland, what do you call a Web-based spoof about life in Vancouver? “Vancouvria,” apparently.
A video by that name debuted Sunday at “Attack of the Flix,” a Portland-based monthly film competition. Now it’s generating buzz on YouTube as well.
Created by Brighton West, a Portland filmmaker, the short video — online at http://youtube.com/Vancouvria — puts to music a number of stereotypes that Oregonians have about Southwest Washington. It claims that “Vancouver’s like an alternative universe” — one where people can get groceries bagged in plastic, drive in a bike lane without getting a ticket, and where traffic on the Interstate 5 Bridge warrants a bigger bridge that Portland should pay for.
“The dream of the suburbs is alive in Vancouver,” a group of singers intones from a Walmart parking lot. That song mirrors one familiar to viewers of “Portlandia,” a six-episode show that aired on cable channel IFC earlier this year and poked gentle fun at Portland stereotypes. That show, which has been renewed and will begin airing new episodes in January, featured the lyrics “The dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland” in one of its early episodes.
Though “Vancouvria” seems unlikely to reach the same large audience as the show that inspired it, the video posted Sunday quickly went viral, attracting 300 hits its first day, then 20,000, then close to 60,000 views by Wednesday morning.