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THE MERMAID, THE OTTER AND THE BIG POO

What to know: Fascinating watch, great educational elements, wonderful story.
THE MERMAID, THE OTTER AND THE BIG POO is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-12
12 minutes
VIDEO
CHARLOTTE SAWYER
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I found The Mermaid, The Otter And The Big Poo fascinating to watch with some lovely scenery along with many startling educational elements, which combined to keep my interest throughout out the film.

The story follows a woman in a mermaid costume swims along the river in search of otters, which are an indicator that the river is finally clean enough for wild life.

This is such a wonderfully imaginative way to explore this environmental topic. I love the shots of the mermaid, Lindsey Cole, as she travels along the river and interacts with people she finds along the way. I like how the use of CG displays to show us the days and distances that she has travelled. The interviews with various specialists and children along the way help give perspective and understanding. You fall in love with this woman and her campaign over and over again. The camera work is outstanding, with great close-ups, wide angle shots of landscapes and shots of people and their relationship to the river. There are lots of lovely sequences showing wildlife in and around the river, from birds to otters. The lead cast person is our mermaid, costumed in a wet suit, complete with a mermaid's tail. Her relationship with both young and old people adds to the charm of this documentary. When she interviews people, they take place on or near the river, so the river is ever present. Each specialist makes clean and easy to follow points about their take on the river. The music is exceptionally very well suited to the film and provides the perfect background tune as the film develops. There is one very catchy song called If I Were An Otter, which you may find yourself singing along to like I did. The production as a whole is very well constructed and the film's points are well illustrated in a variety of ways. My favorite part is when we finally get to see the otters swimming happily in the cleaner water.

The message of the film is about how we all need to work together to keep our rivers clean and, if we do then, both we and the wildlife will benefit. Be aware that there it does contain some profanity. As the title suggests the word poo is used in this production a few times.

I give The Mermaid, The Otter And The Big Poo 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 12, plus adults. It is a film that encourages the viewer to think about their enviroment and does it in an interesting and engaging manner. By Richard L, KIDS FIRST!

I found The Mermaid, The Otter And The Big Poo fascinating to watch with some lovely scenery along with many startling educational elements, which combined to keep my interest throughout out the film.

The story follows a woman in a mermaid costume swims along the river in search of otters, which are an indicator that the river is finally clean enough for wild life.

This is such a wonderfully imaginative way to explore this environmental topic. I love the shots of the mermaid, Lindsey Cole, as she travels along the river and interacts with people she finds along the way. I like how the use of CG displays to show us the days and distances that she has travelled. The interviews with various specialists and children along the way help give perspective and understanding. You fall in love with this woman and her campaign over and over again. The camera work is outstanding, with great close-ups, wide angle shots of landscapes and shots of people and their relationship to the river. There are lots of lovely sequences showing wildlife in and around the river, from birds to otters. The lead cast person is our mermaid, costumed in a wet suit, complete with a mermaid's tail. Her relationship with both young and old people adds to the charm of this documentary. When she interviews people, they take place on or near the river, so the river is ever present. Each specialist makes clean and easy to follow points about their take on the river. The music is exceptionally very well suited to the film and provides the perfect background tune as the film develops. There is one very catchy song called If I Were An Otter, which you may find yourself singing along to like I did. The production as a whole is very well constructed and the film's points are well illustrated in a variety of ways. My favorite part is when we finally get to see the otters swimming happily in the cleaner water.

The message of the film is about how we all need to work together to keep our rivers clean and, if we do then, both we and the wildlife will benefit. Be aware that there it does contain some profanity. As the title suggests the word poo is used in this production a few times.

I give The Mermaid, The Otter And The Big Poo 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 12, plus adults. It is a film that encourages the viewer to think about their enviroment and does it in an interesting and engaging manner. By Richard L, KIDS FIRST!

Otters are top of the food chain; they're an important indicator of the health of our rivers. In the last few years, all English rivers have failed to meet quality tests due to the scale of pollution from untreated sewage and agricultural runoff entering the water system.

In this mystical, fun adventure, Lindsey Cole swims down the Bristol Avon as a mermaid, on a mission to save our rivers and find an otter along the way.

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