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Written by: Michele Brourman
Amanda McBroom
Sung by: Littlefoot (Thomas Dekker)
Cera (Anndi McAfee)
Ducky (Aria Noelle Curzon)
Petrie (Jeff Bennett)
Music by: Michele Brourman (writer)
Amanda McBroom (writer)
Released: December 9, 1998 (United States of America)
March 4, 1999 (Finland)
March 7, 2002 (Iceland)
Released (Japan)
Released (Italy)
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"Big Water" is a song originally from The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island. It is sung during the sequence in which the original five main characters realize that an earthquake has destroyed the path between the mainland and the island they are currently on, and are wondering how they may get back across the potentially dangerous sea. The song has since been used in the movie The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water, and in the television episode "The Missing Fast-Water Adventure".

Description

In The Mysterious Island

In The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island, when Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie, and Spike make it across the ocean (referred to as the "Big Water" by the characters) via a land path connecting the mainland to a small island abundant with vegetation, they almost immediately delve into the food, though they do comment on how strange the plants look, smell and taste. However, when they look out across the sea, they find that an earthquake (referred to as "earthshakes" by the characters) which occurred while they were crossing caused an enormous tsunami that washed away the land path. They then wonder how they will get back to their families. Littlefoot first suggests that Petrie fly back and tell them where they are, then he suggests that Ducky swim back, but both are too afraid to do so, and hide behind Spike's foot. When Cera questions their hesitation, they both break into song, singing the first verse which explaining their fear of the Big Water. The second verse begins and Littlefoot and Cera see the point and join in. During the bridge the gang imagines various sea creatures grabbing them; 5 that look like the game themselves make a cameo. During the final verse the gang sings how they wish the sun (the word here is ironically used) would dry up the big water. As the song ends one of the sea creatures mentioned in the song pokes it's eye up out of the water and faces the gang on the cliff.

In Journey to Big Water

The gang are helping their new friend, the swimmer (Opthalmosaurus) Mo, get back to his home in the Big Water. Along the way, at one point, Ducky comments that she is feeling very happy, and that when she is happy she wants to sing, and begins singing the song, which the others join in on. New lyrics are added to fit the film's situation. The first verse of the original version is also repeated.

In The Missing Fast-Water Adventure

During a game in the pond by the gang, an earthshake in "Dino Talk" started to rumble and destroyed a waterfall's route making it very hard for the gang's families to ration themselves with a drink of water. First, the gang meets Mo, the swimmer and a returning character of the ninth film "Journey to Big Water" to get his home back by removing pieces of rock that shook and crashed down during the earthshake after the song that helped out removing the rocks.

The song, "Big Water" is sung by the kids & Mo in the episode "The Missing Fast-Water Adventure" which they are helping out remove rocks that blocked the waterhole, making it hard for families on land and sea to ration themselves with a drink of water.

Lyrics

The Mysterious Island

Ducky & Petrie

Big, big, big, big water
It's very big, big, big, big water

Ducky

It's deep and dark and dangerous

Petrie

It's scary and it's "strangerous"

Ducky & Petrie

And things could "re-arrange-r-us"
In that big water

Liitlefoot & Cera

Big, big, big, big water
It's awfully big, big, big, big water

Littlefoot

It's nice on top, but down below

Cera

What's hiding in the undertow

Liitlefoot & Cera

You wonder, but you just don't know
In that big water

Cera

Things could be swimming around under there
Way down deep

Petrie

Very, very deep

Ducky

Things with googly eyes under there
And sharp-e-ly teeth

Petrie

Oh, those sharp-e-ly teeth

Cera

Things that squish

Petrie

And things that squirt

Littlefoot

And squeeze you around your belly

Ducky

Things with giant, jagged claws
Together
And things made out of jelly
Things that bite and things that never sleep!

In that

Littlefoot

Big

Cera

Big

Petrie

Big

Ducky

Big

Together

Water

Cera

We hate that big, big, big, big water

Littlefoot

We wish the sun would fly up

Petrie

And make the water dry up

Ducky

We'd like to say goodbye, yup

Together

To that big water
Big water...

Journey to Big Water

Ducky

Big, big, big, big water
See? I am feeling much "betterer" already.


Littlefoot

We're looking for


Petrie

Big, big, big, big water


Cera

It's deep and dark and dangerous


Petrie

It's scary and it's "stragerous"


Together

And things could "re-arangerous"
in the big water

(laughing)


Petrie

Sing it again, one more time!


Cera

We went there once some time ago


Petrie

And now we going back you know


Together

And this time we are taking Mo
to the big water

(laughing)

Missing Fast-Water Adventure

Ducky & Petrie

Big, big, big, big water
The very big, big, big, big water


Ducky

It is deep and dark and dangerous


Petrie

It's scary and it's "stranerous"


Cera

And things could "re-arrangerous"


All three

In the big water


Mo

Mo likes swimming around
under there
Way down deep


Petrie

Very, very deep.


Mo

Mo see all sorts of things
under here
Like Swimming Sharpteeth


Petrie

Oh, those Swimming Sharpteeth.


Kids together

Big, big, big, big water
The very big, big, big, big water


Cera

We went there once sometime ago


Ducky

We went again when we met Mo


Littlefoot

Now this Fast Water seems to flow


Kids together

from the big water

Big Water

Reception

Richard Scheib on Moria: The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database said that "Big Water" was a "surprisingly listenable song", when he compared it to most of the other songs in The Land Before Time series up to then. He also described the lyrics as having "rather amusing rhyming schemes"; an opinion he gave on the other songs in the film as well.[1] John Hartl of the Seattle Times briefly described the music, including that for "Big Water" and the other songs, as "mild" in a 1997 article about the fifth Land Before Time installment and other videos.[2] The YouTube reviewer "MarzGurl" expressed dislike towards the "Journey to Big Water" version of the song, saying it was lazy to take a song from one of the previous moives and rewrite lyrics. She was pleased that the song was only one verse.[Citation Needed]

References

  1. Richard Scheib's review of The Mysterious Island on Moria.co.nz (2003) www.moria.co.nz Retrieved on April 22nd, 2008.
  2. John Hartl's review of The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island and other straight-to-video films. (December 11th, 1997) community.seattletimes.nwsource.com Retrieved on October 24th, 2008.


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