Young Mac (Daniel Magder) is devastated when his father (Bruce Greenwood), an oil engineer, cancels their DisneyWorld holiday to take him on an emergency trip to Canada in a bid to salvage a costly drill from the bed of a vast lake. While dad searches for the equipment, Mac explores the woodland with a local girl, where they stumble upon a narrow warren that leads to the cave of Mee-Shee, a delightful water giant. Meanwhile, corrupt oil drillers are on a mission to sabotage their rival, but when they discover the lake’s more valuable asset, it becomes Mac’s responsibility to protect his new friend. Designed by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Mee-Shee is brought to life via digital and animatronic technology, but the effects are too cheap looking to supply a realistic monster. That aside, the film offers decent performances, most notably from Rena Owen as Crazy Norma, and practical messages to do with families and the environment.
Cast and crew
Bruce Greenwood Daniel Magder Joel Tobeck Phyllida Law Rena Owen Tom Jackson Joe Pingue Jacinta Wawatai Shane Rimmer Charles Mesure