Behind the scenes of Trailer Park Boys Season 12!

Crew Dick Interviews: Decorating Sunnyvale

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The interior of Bubbles' shed

The camera dicks are back in Sunnyvale for the filming of Trailer Park Boys Season 12.  While their cameras are mainly focused on the drunk-n-stoned antics of Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, there are other parts of Sunnyvale that are just as key to the success of Trailer Park Boys (no, we’re not talking about Cory and Jacob, nobody gives a flying fuck about Cory and Jacob).

The homes and art direction of Sunnyvale are jam-fucking-packed with character, and are often huge pillars of the schemes and stories of Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles.

James Kennedy has played a part in the look and feel of the park since Season 6 of Trailer Park Boys.

The on-set dresser

James Kennedy has been making Sunnyvale look like shit since Season 6.

It doesn’t take rocket appliances to know this, but working for the Trailer Park Boys is completely fucking different from a lot of other productions.  Kennedy has to contend with all kinds of unique issues — take the fury of Ricky’s clearing stick, for example.

“When a toaster oven hits the ground, it’s good for a couple takes,” explains Kennedy.  “After that, you’re basically picking it up in both arms and then setting the pieces back on the hood and making it resemble what used to look like a toaster oven for the forth or fifth take. It just goes downhill from there. But that’s a lot of fun.”

The residences of Sunnyvale are not your average dwellings, either.  Bubbles lives in a shed, for fuck sakes.  Julian has lived in a shipping container, and Ricky spent most of his life living in his car.  But since Season 8, the Boys have found themselves in a cozy little compound with Ricky’s trailer sitting across from Julian’s trailer, and Bubbles’ shed is tucked nicely between the two.

Julian’s Trailer – Sunnyvale’s Business Park

Julian’s priority is money, and he is constantly chasing the Freedom-35-oh-fuck-Freedom-45 dream.  This is reflected in the layout of his trailer, which usually resembles a business and not a home.

“Julian’s place keeps evolving,” says Kennedy.  “It was a country saloon one year, a beauty salon another year. It was all painted pink that year.”

While Julian was spending time by the ocean in Season 11, Bubbles transformed the trailer into a pizza sauce factory.

“Bubbles had a conveyor line for the pizza sauce, a bottling station, turntables, beautiful labels. He goes all out, Bubbles, when he has a business proposition,” says Kennedy.

The SwearNet art department dicks are always happy to help the Boys when it comes to boosting the look and feel of Sunnyvale.

“The art department started putting it together a few weeks before we commenced filming,” says Kennedy. “The process involves acquiring things, brainstorming stuff, defining the basic look, and then it’s a question of collecting things.”

Collecting “things” for the Sunnyvale set can happen out of the blue.  Kennedy remembers a bit of seren-fuckin-dipity from Season 6 when the camera dicks were setting the stage for the search for Oscar Goldman, Trinity’s chicken.  On their way to lunch, they found a penis-shaped mushroom on the side of the road.

“We said ‘oh we gotta use that’ and I preserved it in a paper bag through lunch.  When we shot the scene, Ray found the penis-shaped mushroom, held it up, and said ‘A cock is a male hen, we’re on the right track Boys!'”  

“When you find a mushroom that’s shaped like a cock, boy, I guess you gotta use it,” declares Kennedy.  “A gift from nature for sure.” 

Part Trailer, Part Hockey Rink

Before Ricky was falsely advertising Nathan MacKinnon for his hockey camp at the local rink, he was running hockey lessons out of his own trailer.

“That was a neat decor,” says Kennedy. “We had boards around the inside of his trailer, a blue line and red line on the ice, it was a lot of fun.  Everybody’s seen hockey games, we know what rinks look like. We just did it Ricky style.”

Kennedy points out that Ricky’s trailer has undergone some changes ever since the gramson came into the picture.

“Sarah’s kind of taken things in hand, she’s working with Trinity to make it baby-friendly,” says Kennedy. “There’s a nice couch and television. It’s gotten a little more homey. There’s still Ricky in there – there are little messes everywhere, but it’s nice.”

A Shed and a Borntday

Bubbles shed has also seen some changes over the years.

“He keeps a cozy little shed, it’s mostly a cat-themed decor,” says Kennedy.  “It’s got his bunk beds that he has always had. He sleeps in one and keeps stuff on the other. I guess one of the major additions on the top bunk is a major ghetto blaster that he got from Snoop Dogg a couple years ago and that’s an impressive piece of equipment.”

The stereo that Snoop Dogg gave to Bubbles now sits on his top bunk

Kennedy has a particularly fond memory of Bubbles’ shed, or more specifically, the honey oil refinery from Season 8.

“It was the year I turned 50 during the show. Bubbles was explaining how he was using rice cookers to aid in the oil process.  Ricky said ‘It’s that easy?’ Bubbles said ‘yeah’ and then he whipped the camera around to me and said ‘But you know the best part? That cocksucker James Kennedy turned 50 today’ and it shocked the hell out of me. The crew sang happy birthday and that was a great fuckin’ way to turn 50. Finished the bottle of Macallan he gave me that night.”

Bubbles gives James Kennedy a birthday gift

Bubbles gives James a birthday bottle of scotch (from the Season 8 DVD extras).

Comments

  1. Hunter Austin

    I have had terrible depression most of my life and this show makes me feel whole again. I love everything there is to do about the show. I’ve been a huge fan for many years and reading about all the extras that makes Sunnyvale a unique place is just as amazing as the show itself. I love the boys and I love everyone who has anything to do with the show. I hope to come to the park someday, I live in West Michigan but I want to visit and maybe even meet the boys. I love you guys! Thank you for making my life better by creating the best show ever.

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      Thanks Hunter, glad we make your day a little fuckin’ brighter!

  2. Joanne Farrell

    Hello Everyone, thanks for sharing this. I have been a fan of the production since the very beginning and had an opportunity recently to see you all in action in my hometown of Truro. I travel back home from Ontario often (usually when you are filming), but have never seen you. My family always does however, and this last time (middle of July) was no exception. I had heard reports of sightings all over the town and have not once seen any of you! In fact, my sister had her picture taken with JP at the Pita Pit the day before I left to come back to Ontario! I came across all of you doing a short scene in front of the courthouse building the day that I left to come back to Ontario. The point of all this is that I just wanted to send a shout out and thank you to Sean Murphy who was kind enough to let me observe the scene from the corner of the courthouse building. He even got me a headset and transmitter so that I could hear the lines that Bubbles, Julian and Ricky were saying. Sean went over and above to help me have this experience, when all I really asked to do was just watch. Thank you Sean, all of you guys are amazing. Keep working and doing the great work that you do!

  3. Pete

    Love the show all the way from England been watching it for years from The Cart Boy and One Last Shot to all the episodes, extra, podcasts and live tours. Brilliant acting too makes you feel like Sunnyvale and the boys are real.

    Must have seen every episode over 10 times easily.

    Was gutted I missed out on the UK tour. Hopefully the boys will come back over here in the near future.

    Keep up the good work lads!

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