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Here are Toronto-based locals’ favorite movies and TV shows

It’s a pretty monumental day in Toronto movie history, with Friday marking the Disney+ premiere of the new Pixar feature. turn redDisney’s first-ever animated feature set right here in 416.

Toronto has a long history of appearing in film and television, often serving simply as a stand-in for other cities thanks to local incentives that make it more profitable to dress Toronto like New York or Chicago than to host a production in these places.

With a new movie celebrating Toronto culture, blogTO took to Twitter to share some of their favorite movies and TV shows shot or filmed in Toronto.

There were obvious choices that would be criminal to ignore, with many mentions of the 2010 cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the Worldand of course, every existing Degrassi iteration.

A more recent success, Kim’s Convenience, also I had cries fans. While it’s not the only past TV show about a convenience store in Toronto’s multicultural neighborhood noted by Twitter followers, with King of Kensington telling similar stories through a Jewish-Canadian lens from 1975 to 1980.

A wide range of responses included throwback classics, including those gritty teen dramas that permeated the airwaves of the 90s and 2000s. Among this genre, Ready or Not portrayed 90s life in suburban Toronto with a cast that included Ryan Gosling. Word is restarting.

Another series from the 90s shot in Toronto, knight forever was about – and I swear I’m not making this up – about an 800-year-old vampire working as a homicide in Toronto to overcome the guilt of killing for centuries.

Luckily, one commentator mentioned Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s dark and mind-bending 2013 film, Enemy.

In this writer’s opinion, the oppressive, sepia-toned Toronto is by far the most aesthetically impressive depiction of the city, especially the end credits sequence (major spoiler alert if you watch the bit before the credits).

There were more obscure choices, like the late 2000s Canadian version of the American show Cash Cabwhich serves as more of a window into the popped-neck club bro era than a representation of the city itself.

Some entries weren’t even filmed in Toronto, like the ’90s cop comedy-drama Due South. Although it’s set in Chicago, no effort has been made to hide the obvious evidence that it was filmed in and around 416.

It may not show filmed depictions of the city, but the computer-animated Turning Red has already tapped into the city’s nostalgia and culture to create what could become a memorable depiction of the city we love.