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Salt Water Moose (1996)

G | | Family, Drama | 2 June 1996 (USA)
When Bobby and his Mom move from Toronto, away from his dad and his baseball team, to a small town in Nova Scotia, he's picked on by all the local kids, except for Jo. And Jo has also ... See full summary »

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Bobby Scofield
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Josephine 'Jo' Parnell (as Katharine Isobel)
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Lester Parnell
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Eva Scofield
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Grandma
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Richard
David Roemmele ...
Luke
Dan Warry-Smith ...
Slug
Michael Colton ...
D.J. Barnes
Quinn Simpson ...
Zoe
Ashley Brown ...
Ormond
Dennis O'Connor ...
Norbert
Zeus ...
Beatrice (as Zeus the Moose)
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When Bobby and his Mom move from Toronto, away from his dad and his baseball team, to a small town in Nova Scotia, he's picked on by all the local kids, except for Jo. And Jo has also befriended a lonely male moose who lives on an island, and she has a wild plan to capture and relocate a female moose to be company for him. Together, Bobby and Jo, with the help of their single parents, Eva and Lester, attempt to put Jo's plan into operation. Written by Kathy Li

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Family | Drama

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2 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Ein Elch in Seenot  »

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Near the beginning of the film, the family car is shown driving from Toronto supposedly to Nova Scotia. The SkyDome is shown in the background with the car clearly driving west on the Gardiner Expressway. You would drive east to Nova Scotia on that highway; there is no shortcut going west from there. See more »

Quotes

Josephine 'Jo' Parnell: Look, I'll catch for you every day so you can keep your arm in tune. And Lester got this new satellite dish. So, come over and watch all the baseball games.
Bobby Scofield: All I have to do is...?
Josephine 'Jo' Parnell: All you have to do is help me catch a moose. One female moose. A young one. Help me build a raft and float it across to the island.
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The Skye Boat Song
Traditional Scottish air with lyrics by Sir Harold Boulton
Performed by Jackson Zaza
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Decent and quite original family film
24 September 2009 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This isn't bad at all with a solid turn from ever-reliable Tim Dalton and a fascinating chance to see the later-iconic Katharine Isabelle (Ginger from Ginger Snaps) acting as a child – she's good here too. The scenery is wonderful, the animals cute and well-trained, and the idea is clever and original. Because it is so unusual, I'm not going to say anything about the plot – best way to watch this is if you have no idea at all what's going to happen.

There's no shortage of clichéd situations and heavy-handed emotional messages, but it's no worse than many films of this type and better than a lot. The action moves along well, the dialog is neat, and you won't be bored.

The script lets itself down badly towards the end though. A strong message throughout has been: if kids want to do something worthwhile (and what these kids want to do is amazing!) then let them try and don't shut them away from all risk. But when, in the climax, things inevitably get exciting, the kids are given hardly anything to do and that message gets ruined. Jo in particular, who has driven the whole story, is reduced by adversity to little more than a wailing spectator. There was just no need for this – the kids could easily have handled all the hero stuff and left the adults to help one another.


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