Everyone Loves Mel
Set in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the legend of Swanson Lake is kept by one man, Bill (Ernest Borgnine). And he’s not about to surrender it! When Bill’s grandsons come for a summer visit, they stumble into a big-time adventure with a giant turtle named Mel. When Bill’s neighbor Bailey (Jack Scalia) tries to kidnap Mel in order to feature him in a proposed theme park, the grandsons plot to hide Mel from the neighbor. Then the fun begins, and Mel becomes an unlikely hero!
This is a fantasy film which feeds the imagination! When Roger and Travis are sent to spend the summer with their grandfather Bill (Ernest Borgnine), soon after they arrive in Coehege, Washington, population 300, Roger looks around and says, “This is perfect. It’s better than Mayberry.” Fortunately, his sarcasm softens before long after meeting a pretty neighbor named Susie and learning that Grandpa Bill has a secret regarding a creature named Mel.
There are those who live in Coehege who believe in the legend of the Swannie, the old Indian myth about a creature sent by the spirits to protect Swanson Lake. Soon Roger and Travis and Susie learn the secret first hand, and also that a scum named Bailey Silverwood (Jack Scalia), who plots to force Grandpa Bill to sell him his land, once had an encounter himself with Mel. The movie features themes of showing respect to elders and that forgiveness and saying “I’m sorry” are still two great things going to this day. This imaginative story may just make you wonder what you would do should Mel ever come into your life! We award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus to this magical movie!