The Academy Award-winning producer and special-effects team behind The Lord of the Rings join with Revolution Studios, Walden Media (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Beacon Pictures to bring to the screen the magical motion picture The Waterhorse. Rooted in one of the most enduring and intriguing legends of our time, the story begins with an enchanted egg… and what hatches will set in motion and adventure that will take a young boy on the unforgettable journey of a lifetime.
A family fantasy film, The Water Horse is a poignant story of mythical proportions centered around an ancient, almost primeval story that has captured the imagination for millions of years. Based on Dick King Smith’s critically-acclaimed novel, The Water Horse tells the tale of two children who discover an egg on a beach in Scotland which eventually hatches into a ‘Water horse’. Later, that water horse grows up to be the Loch Ness Monster. Angus, a young boy living WWII Scotland, has grown more and more reclusive since his father went off to war.
During a solitary search for sea shells on the beach, Angus finds a mysterious object on the banks. Uncertain of its origin, he takes it home, hiding it for safekeeping. However, when it hatches overnight, he finds himself the proud but puzzled caretaker of a water horse – a sea creature of mythic stature. Angus affectionately name his new friend with a gentle nature but ravenous appetite, Crusoe. Attempts to keep Crusoe as a pet are foiled by the creature’s accelerated growth, so unable to conceal it any longer, Angus returns the water horse to the loch, unknowingly placing it in danger of those who would see it as a threat. Angus desperately tries to protect the gentle misunderstood creature, but his secret begins to unravel, placing both their friendship and their lives at peril.