Woody Goomsba, Bavarian-themed Leavenworth’s hip-hop attuned nutcracker mascot, is making another run at video viral-ity.
A new tourism-promotion video from the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and Wenatchee-based North 40 Productions features the 18-inch-tall Goomsba, delivering an undeniably wooden performance, in a James Bond spoof entitled “Nutcrackers Never Die.” The video went up on YouTube on Thursday.
It starts with a boy and his father wandering Leavenworth’s Waterfront Park and looking through binoculars — as if they’re birdwatchers — in search of the elusive nutcracker. After spying on rock climbers, horseback riders, and a beer garden with lovely frauleins — it is a tourism commercial — they spot Goomsba at the helm of a speeding radio-controlled boat weaving among rafters and paddlers on the Wenatchee River. He’s soon pursued by two other speeding boats, one piloted by an evil lizard and the other by a maniacal Santa’s-elf/garden-gnome figure, both heavily armed. Simulated gunfire and explosions ensue.
Real remote-controlled boats with onboard cameras as well as cameras on the shore and in the water were used to film the piece over five days this summer. See it here.
There are some good production values, as nutcracker videos featuring maniacal garden gnomes go. But I have to say I liked the original better. The stoic star’s debut video in 2011 was a hip-hop parody, “Gitcha Goomsba Up!” Surrounded by dancing girls in scanty dirndls, Woody collected close to a half-million hits on YouTube.