The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

2007 PG 1h 52m DVD

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

2007 PG 1h 52m DVD
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Young Angus MacMorrow watches in awe as the mysterious egg he found on the shores of a nearby loch hatches into something incredible. But how long can he keep his ever-growing secret from his mom -- and an increasingly concerned Scottish government?
Emily Watson, Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin, David Morrissey, Priyanka Xi, Marshall Napier, Joel Tobeck, Erroll Shand, Brian Cox, Craig Hall
Jay Russell
Full Screen 1.33:1, Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this adaptation of the popular book by Babe author Dick King-Smith has a very different plotline than the original story, escalating the violence within the WWII-era setting. The monster becomes truly dangerous when fully grown (in an old-school King Kong way), lashing out at people with snapping jaws -- which leads the British soldiers to open fire on it. But it's still a kid-friendly film overall.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Soldiers bombard the monster with artillery and shoot at it with rifles. The beast threatens the humans right back, with its snapping jaws and enormous strength. The monster kills/eats a bullying bulldog (off screen). A fistfight between two men.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Young Angus is depicted as a sensitive, nature-loving boy with something of a wistful streak (he either truly doesn't know or pretends he doesn't know that his father is dead). His character is contrasted to the British military men, who pretend to represent discipline and gallantry but come off mainly as bullies. In the book, the whole family knew the secret of the water horse and cooperated to keep it; here, only Angus, his sister, and a rebellious Scottish ex-soldier conspire to hide the monster. There are references to centuries-old bad feelings between the Scots and the British.


A built-in promo for the book by Dick King-Smith -- but that's the kind of promotion that might actually benefit kids.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking and smoking at a banquet and a local pub.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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