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The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep 2-Disc Special Edition

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep 2-Disc Special Edition

Fall 2008 DVD
Ages: All Ages
DVD Price: $28.96
Review:
Is The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep a great film? No, but it is a wonderful movie that you can enjoy with your young children. And for some parents that's what's needed to qualify as "great."

The movie is intriguing and exciting at times, a little slow at others. The biggest lure is the water horse itself, a computer generated happy and odd little creature that grows up into a large but loving sea monster.

Who, after all, isn't a little curious about the legendary Loch Ness monster? That's the crux of the story. Set in World War II-era Scotland, young Angus MacMorrow's dad has gone off to war. He misses him terribly. One day as Angus is roaming around the rocks by the sea, he finds a beautiful, big turquoise egg. Out of it hatches what looks like a baby dinosaur with little horns. Angus couldn't be happier to have Crusoe - as he names him - as his wiggly horse-like, dragon-like, fish-like pet. The only problem is that Crusoe is growing quickly and a local unit of the army has taken over his mother's estate as a base. Angus must get Crusoe to the loch, which he does. But the Army is sure the enemy is encroaching. The two plots collide in a suspenseful ending.

Very young children might be scared by the wild ride Angus takes with Crusoe. But the sea monster is more awe-inspiring than frightening and it's sweet to see how he loves Angus. The story and characters are appealing. The acting is well-done. The special effects are snazzy. It's exciting and heartfelt, and a good choice for family viewing.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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