Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe direct this animated adaptation of the 1949 book by Erich Kästner. When the annual flood fails to arrive in the African delta, a pair of friends - a meerkat and a lion - set out to find water. Along the way they meet a motley crew of creatures displaced by man's abuse of the environment. Discovering that a resort has built a dam to contain the flood, the animals embark on a mission impossible to break up the dam and liberate their much needed water.
Academy Award nominated veteran composer David Newman -- son of the legendary Alfred Newman -- provides a sweeping orchestral score that captures the majesty and wonder of the African savanna. Full of drama, excitement, and curiosity, Newman deftly explores his main in arrangements as lush as the full orchestra, or as spare as a single piano. Playful excursions into other forms abound, from techno arrangements, to ethnic themes explored with drums and choir, and even a whimsical Italian waltz.