Take E.T., set it in World War II Scotland, and make the creature a mythical water creature instead of a space alien, and you have The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, directed by Jay Russell (Tuck Everlasting, My Dog Skip). This is the last of this season's family films to come to a theater near you, just in time for Christmas. And for parents looking for a movie to take their kids to over the holidays, this one isn't half bad. The tale, bookended by a grizzled old Scottish guy spinning a yarn for a couple of fresh-faced backpacking tourists, is about a young boy, Angus, whose father went off to fight the Nazis with the Scottish Navy, leaving behind his young wife, Anne Macmorrow (Emily Watson) and two young children, Angus (Alex Etel) and Kirstie (Priyanka Xi).
Young Angus is at the beach one day, daydreaming about the water, which he both longs for and fears. As he walks along the shore, Angus finds a mysterious rock which he takes home to add to his collection in his father's workshop. The rock, as it turns out, isn't really a rock at all; the moss-covered exterior hides a mysterious, milky-blue egg, and that egg hatches an even more mysterious creature which Angus decides to care for himself. He calls the creature Crusoe, and keeps it hidden in a waste bin filled with water in the workshop, feeding it on scraps he pilfers from the manor's kitchen.